Most people have a limited knowledge of jews and their musical instruments. In this blog, we will discuss some of the different musical instruments of jews. Jews are in minority in the United States of America. Ari Afilalo is a French Moroccan immigrant living in New York City. He is an active member of West Side Sephardic Synagogue in the city and an expert of International trade laws. He has written a book on these laws in which he stressed on boundary-free trade across the countries. He is deeply attached to the jews culture and their music.
Harp- Harp, a musical instrument is also known as Ozark harp, mouth harp, juice harp, and jaw harp. It is considered in the category of idiophones. The harp or Jew’s harp consists of a flexible metal or bamboo or reed which is attached to a frame. The reed or bamboo is placed in the mouth and plucked with the help of fingers that make a tone. The harp can make a specific tone and the tone totally depends on the size of the instrument. To produce different tones or pitches different size harps are required. It is important to note that there is no standard pitch. Jew’s harps can be categorized into two parts, they are- Idioglot or Heteroglot. Jaw harp instrument is considered as one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. A musician can be seen playing it in a Chinese drawing from the 4 BC.
Shofar- During the Hebrew month of Elul, which is celebrated in the month of September, shofar is played commonly by the religious Jews to rise before morning to recite Selichot. Selichot is a Jewish penitential poem and prayers. The prayers that are said on the holy days and on fast days. The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy are a central theme throughout these prayers. In which Jews pray to God for the mercy for the crimes they did in the past.
These are special prayers asking God for forgiveness in order to prepare themselves for the upcoming New Year. The Rosh Hashanah is the celebrated as New Year by the Jews. One of the highlights of the Jewish New Year season is the daily sounding of the ram’s horn, known in Hebrew as a shofar. In recent years, the sounding of the shofar has also become a common part of Evangelical Christian worship.
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