The Shofar provides me with that opportunity.
The Shofar is the most important Mitsvoh on the day of Rosh HaShonnoh. Through it, we enter the Kodesh Kodoshim, of ourselves, of all Israel and of the holy Shechinoh.
What are we to think of when we hear the pure sounds of the Shofar?
Here are a few kavannoth:
- I was given a pure neshomoh [soul]. This is symbolised by the Tekioh - the long, unbroken sound. I have spoilt that purity - symbolised by the Shevorim - the broken-up-into-three sound. I regret that impurity - i cry from the depths - symbolised by the stacatto sounds of the Teruoh note. G-d makes me pure again- symbolised by the final Tekioh. (Shelo"h HaKodosh)
- We are sounding the trumpets. The King is arriving. Then comes the still prayer of the Amidoh. We stand before the King. The judgement is on. From time to time, within the stillness in the Court-room, we sound the Shofar, our advocate. The Tekioh symbolises Avrohom; the Shevorim, Yitschok; the Teruoh, Yaakov and the Shevorim-Teruoh, Dovid HaMelech. (Zohar and Ari HaKodosh)
- The Shofar we blow is a 'part' of the Shofar of Moshiach. Though we may not discern clearly, every year the world comes closer and closer to its final tikun-correction; through every year's Rosh-HaShonoh, there is another element of tikun - the Shofar blowing is that of Moshiach! (Ramchal)