Shofar Blowing Contest

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    Eleven days before Rosh Hashana, New York’s first Great Shofar Blast Off yesterday tooted, bellowed and cried through tiny Herald Square Park. One by one, some of the nation’s most seasoned blowers of the ram’s horn got the chance to show off their style, technique and sheer, sweaty, vein-popping power.

    They came with their ram’s horns in hand, 10 men with strong lungs and weathered lips. But only one could leave as grand champion.

    When it was over, the judges chose as the winner Kalman Feinberg of Teaneck, N.J., who had a relatively smooth tone. He gets a trip for two to Israel.


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