Monday, September 6, 2010

Echoes of a Shofar

Hat Tip to C&Z for sending me this.

An inspiring short film about those young Jewish men who blew the shofar at the Kotel during the British Mandate period. Like the Romans before them, the British forbade any Jew from blowing the shofar at the Kotel. Nevertheless, these young Jewish boys risked and very often suffered up to 6 months in a British military prison in order to blow the shofar at the termination of the fast on Yom Kippur.

This is their story...


Anonymous said...

The Curmudgeonly Israeli Giyoret says:

I knew you'd like this.

Actually, beyond the political aspects, what really touched me about this well-made film was the issue of the long-term results of our actions. We meet these men well along in their lives and look back clearly at decisions and commitments they made at a very young age to do something daring that would likely cost them a lot. For each man, the year he blew the shofar at the Kotel was a defining event in his life. It's clear that they have no regrets and would do it again today.

May we all have the wisdom to identify those moments of truth in our own lives, the strength to take up the challenges that G-d wants, and to bear the responsibilities and the consequences, as these men did.

What greater satisfaction can one have in this life than to look back on the strength and opportunity of youth and to know that it was not wasted?

Our lives our finite, or opportunities and strength are finite. May we be blessed to seize the day and to use it well.

Tehillah said...

If only Israel's leaders had the courage and resolve that these men have!

Thanks for taking the time to share this video, it was touching and inspiring.