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The shofar (a trumpet often made from a ram’s horn), like the menorah and the Star of David, is a central symbol of Judaism. In the Hebrew bible it is the most mentioned instrument: it announces the revelation of the Ten Commandments, it calls for religious rituals, it is heard in the exhortations of prophets and it gives the signal for battle. Kees van Hage explores the use and meanings of the shofar as a traditional religious symbol in the new, secular context of modern music, literature and art, where the instrument is no longer subject to religious restrictions and is not exclusively directed at non-Jewish audiences of listeners, readers or viewers.

Event details of The Shofar in modern music, literature and art
Date 16 September 2014
Time 14:00 -15:00
Location Agnietenkapel

K.R.A. van Hage A Tool of Remembrance: The Shofar in Modern Music, Literature and Art.


Prof. I.E. Zwiep


Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.