Throughout the past month and during the coming weeks, at specific times in synagogue on the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a shofar, or ram's horn, is blown. The religious obligation to hear the shofar, a literal and spiritual wake-up call, is special to this time of year.
But how does one make sound come out of a ram's horn? Even for veteran Orthodox Jews, the practice can be a humiliating exercise in public failure.
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