Sep 8, 2010

Israel FDC on "Festivals 2010 –Shofars"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Festivals 2010 –Shofars

Date of Issue : 25 August 2010

Motifs of the stamps :
(from Left to Right)
6.1 NIS : synagogue torah prayer
4.2 NIS : temple kodu horn prayer praying shwal
1.7 NIS : ram's horn alter binding of Isaac praying shwal

The shofar is an ancient instrument that emits a loud, clear sound which may be heard from a great distance and it originally served to summon the army in case of emergency and to proclaim holidays and festivals. The Bible mentions the shofar more than 70 times, attesting to its significance in Jewish tradition. According to Isaiah’s prophecy, at the End of Days the sound of the shofar will herald the redemption of the Jewish people and their return to the Land of Israel from the Diaspora.

The shofar’s significance is especially highlighted on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, which the Torah refers to as the “Day of Shofar Blasts”.

The shofars used by Jews of varying origins are mostly made of ram’s horn, while the Jews of Yemen use a twisted shofar made from the horn of an African antelope, called a kodu.

The first day cover features the text of the blessing recited in the synagogue prior to blowing the shofar

A nice FDC from Israel. I very much like the stamp design of this issue.

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