When Jews were forbidden to blow the shofar at their holiest site

Did you know that during the British mandate over Palestine, the British government prohibited Jews from blowing the shofar at their holiest site, the Western Wall?

Echoes of a Shofar” is the premiere episode in the “Eyewitness 1948” short film series produced by Toldot Yisrael and the History Channel. It is the centerpiece of an educational pilot program being developed with The iCenter and made possible through the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Under a British law in Palestine passed in 1930, Jews were forbidden to blow the shofar at the Kotel (the Western Wall), pray loudly there, or bring Torah scrolls, so as not to offend the Arab population.
Despite this restriction, for the next seventeen years, the shofar was sounded at the Kotel every Yom Kippur. Shofars were smuggled in to the Kotel where brave teenagers defiantly blew them at the conclusion of the fast. Some managed to get away – others were captured and sent to jail for up to six months.
Six of these men are still alive. Recently, these six men returned to the scene of their “crime”. Armed with shofars, they recounted their individual stories and blew shofar again at the Kotel.
This is their powerful and inspiring story.

This video is the story of the boys who blew the shofar at the Kotel when the British wouldn’t allow it, because they feared Arab “sensibilities.”

Click here for the video clip

voiceover by Troy De Lowe tdelowe@013.net