Awakening Authenticity: The Ram’s Horn and the Call to Wake Up

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby, September 20, 2020

Join us as we explore what it means to awaken our own authenticity. What’s possible when we engage the practice of starting anew together? “The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is the beginning of the first day of the new year and its central feature is the blowing of the ram’s horn. This horn is not, nor has it ever been, a musical instrument. It emits only a harsh blast, a wailing, groaning, threatening, annoying, and frightening cry. The blowing of the ram’s horn at the start of the new year is a hint to sleepers to awake from their slumber, it is a call to examine their souls and improve their ways. The ram’s horn therefore is not intended to beguile the ear, but to arouse, shock, provoke those who sleep…[it’s an] awakening of the capacity to be oneself instead of a copy of advertisements, or neighbors, even of oneself when younger and more authentic.”

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