What can we learn from the shofar?
On Rosh Hashanah we use the shofar to produce a sequence of three sounds. This sequence is repeated many times during the course of the days' prayers:
One, long and uninterrupted, is the tekiah.
The next one – the teruah – is made up of short spurts of interrupted sounds, while the third, like the first, is continuous—a tekiah again.
The first and third sounds represent perfection, as they continue unhindered, and even grow in power with time. It is the second one that sings a different song.
The song of imperfection, of obstacles, challenges, and inconsistencies.
Of short spurts of energy because that's all that can be mustered.
It tells the painful story of struggle, of many attempts, of an equal amount of failures, of shortness of breath.
It speaks of limited resources, frustration, losses, setbacks, separations, as well as sudden ends; all of which wrench at the heart like the desperate cry of a child.
But it also tells the story of unbeatable determination, of triumphs (small but many), of the strength to move forward, and of beginnings, all of which inspire hope and faith in the hearts of those who listen carefully, unable to help being moved. (Read more on Chabad.org: https://goo.gl/dnbf9K)
Shana Tova to all!