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Missoula Jewish community readies for Rosh Hashanah

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Missoula's Jewish community is preparing for Rosh Hashanah.

Rabbi Barry Nash spent Sunday giving a lesson on how to make Shofars --  an ancient musical horn, typically made form a ram’s horn, used for Jewish religious purposes -- at his home.

It is an iconic symbol for Rosh Hashanah, which starts on Oct. 2. In order to make a Shofar, the tip of the horn is cut off and a hole is drilled into the end. The horn is then sanded and polished; each one uniquely beautiful.

In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year,” so it is the new Jewish year. Rabbi Nash said they believe that children and family should really experience and feel the passion of making something Jewish.

“Every Jew and every person and every human being goes through challenges and tests. And no matter what type of test or challenge we’re going through, with the Shofar, we’re reminding God on the day of Rosh Hashanah, no matter what you throw our way, no matter what curve ball you put on our lives, we’re going to take the challenge and take the test,” said Nash.

Anybody wishing to celebrate Rosh Hashanah can contact Nash here.

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