Monday, September 10, 2018

Ululation and Rosh HaShanah

PHILOLOGOS: Where Do the Names of the Shofar Calls Come From? At least one of them might stem from the days when Jews ululated (Mosaic Magazine).
It may be that y’lalah was the biblical word for a lamenting ululation, and that tru’ah generally (although not always, as we have seen) denoted a martial or celebratory one. And if this theory is correct, it answers our two questions. In the form of a ululation, an intended wail might also be interpreted as a cheer, a battle cry, or a cry of jubilation—and while some ancient rabbis thought this was how the shofar should be sounded on Rosh Hashanah after the opening t’ki’ah, others were of the opinion that so ambiguous a sound was inappropriate and should be replaced by a sh’varim.
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