File photo of Rabbi Yosef Langer
Menorah lighting service in San Francisco Union Square
He’s blown the shofar in AT&T Park, at the Pebble Beach Golf Course and at Woodstock. Now Chabad of San Francisco Rabbi Yosef Langer will for the first time blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah in San Francisco’s Union Square.
The Chabad of S.F. event takes place 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Langer will speak about the meaning of the holiday, followed by the sounding of the shofar. Afterward, kosher grape juice and honey cake will be served.
“The sages say if you don’t do anything else but hear the shofar, that’s the centerpiece [of Rosh Hashanah],” Langer said. “It draws down the blessing for the coming year for the Jewish people and the nations of the world. It’s very auspicious.”
Langer is one of the best-known Chabad rabbis in the country, a pioneer in the practice of public Chanukah menorah lightings, a tradition he helped launch with the late rock impresario Bill Graham. He lights one every year in Union Square.
Traditionally, the shofar is blown in the synagogue in the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah as “a wake-up call,” Langer noted.
However, “Chabadniks take it a step further,” Langer said. “I take the shofar to the synagogue of the streets. I’m sure there will be people in Union Square who will be very touched by the sounding of the shofar.”
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