When Rabbi Jonathan Katz blew the shofar recently at a wedding he officiated in Hawaii, he joked he was blowing on a Jewish conch shell.
The next morning, he and his friend, Rabbi Neal Katz (no relation), headed to the beach and spotted two women holding shofars nearly identical to the one Katz had blown the night before. They were trying to blow the shofars but could hardly make a sound.
Needless to say, they were shocked when two rabbis seemingly appeared out of nowhere to give them a lesson.
The women asked the rabbis to offer a prayer, so they chanted the Shehechianu, a praising of the opportunity to experience such a wonderful occasion. Then, they offered a prayer giving thanks for the opportunity to practice shofar blowing with unexpected help from two rabbis.
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