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Why do we use a ram's horn for a Shofar?

  

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Rabbi Shlomo: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

sally: why do we use a rams horn as a Shofar

Rabbi Shlomo: Because at the binding of Isaac a Ram was offered as a sacrifice instead of Isaac. The ram thus reminds us and G-d of Abraham and Isaac's tremendous dedication to G-d, and we hope that this "memory" will stand in our favor on this day of judgement.

Rabbi Shlomo: The binding of Isaac actually happened on Rosh Hashanah

sally: thank you very much

Rabbi Shlomo: my pleasure

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