teruah (teh-roo-AH) listen


  • n. One of the sounds blown on the shofar during high holidays; blown in groups of three from a low to a high note.

Example Sentences

  • "There are three main types of shofar blasts — tekiah, shevarim and t’ruah. A fourth type, tekiah gedolah, is just a longer version of the regular tekiah blast." (source)

  • "I wonder what goes through people's minds during the tekiot, those 100 blasts of the shofar heard around the world on Rosh Hashanah. Awe? Remorse? Nostalgia? A warmth of peoplehood? Custom requires a complex permutation of three notes, TekiaShevarim, Terua—long notes, moaning notes, and sobbing notes. And the message of this ancient instrument of alarm that is known as the shofar is itself a very complex one." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • תרועה, lit. 'alarm'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America


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

      Alternative Spellings



Edit     Something missing from this entry? Inaccurate? Feel free to suggest an edit.