ba'al tekiah

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Definitions

  • "The title for the person who blows the shofar on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "Shanah Tovah. Yasher koach to Ben for leading davening, and to Alex for being our Ba'al Tekiah this year."
  • "I am my temple’s ba’al tekiah (one who blows the shofar), and my current record is 56 seconds." (https://temple-israel.com/listen-the-power-of-tekiah-gedolah/)
  • "You'll excuse me if I practice the shofar every evening, but I'm going to be the baal tekie in the synagogue this year." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

בעל תקיעה ba'al teki'a, 'lit. owner of the sound-blast, the one appointed to blow shofar'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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