Miriam Leah Epstein Preil
musical neshama

Shofar Re-Calls, What A Blast!

Zayde z'l, Miriam Leah

I never heard him blow the Shofar but I know the sound.

Zayde’s was a clear, steady, piercing Tekiah.

Undeniably, it kept one bound.

Each blast was deep, crying, reaching.

Every call grew stronger and stronger.

Zayde’s Shofar was memorable, though I have no memory.

Only stories I was told.

I know them to be true.


Danny z’l blew the Shofar too.

I know it, I heard him.  I’ll never forget the sound.

It grabbed you with every note.

Each blast was deep, crying, reaching.

Every call grew stronger and stronger.

It wrapped you like a coat.

I remember I heard the clear, steady, piercing Tekiah.

It’s a story I will always tell.


Danny your Shofar will endure.

You and Zayde must blast your Tekiahs from Heaven,

Pierce the Gates of Mercy, and

Strengthen my heart as before.


Dedicated l’ilui nishmos my Zayde, Rav Yaakov ben Avraham, z’l, and my brother Danny, Yaakov Chanan Dov z’l, ben Yosef Mordechai haLevi,  who added Zayde’s name to his own to give him the strength he needed to keep his Ruach alive until he was niftar on the 27th of Elul, “Zach” Elul 5768, Erev Rosh HaShana.

Zayde was a Rav, Mohel, and Shochet.  He was a man of vision who used his hands to build.  He made his own Shofaros and even carved chess pieces out of the horns.  Danny was a fine builder too, he used his hands to create, just like Zayde.  Zayde would have been proud of the Shofar Danny blew, and how he walked miles out of the way each year to blast the Shofar for those who were unable to leave their homes and otherwise would have missed it on Yom Tov.  These are the cherished stories I know and I can tell my children and yours.

Zayde’s handiwork:  chess pieces from horn


Shana Tova, Miriam Leah


About the Author
Miriam Leah Epstein Preil grew up in the midwest, but her heart has always been in Israel! She began playing piano by ear when she was six years old, and by age seven was already studying piano seriously. Her musicality and passion for music were remarkable from an early age. She and the piano are inseparable! Music fills her life and home. Miriam Leah has composed pieces for piano, piano and voice, and many Niggunim. Her poetry is unique, each poem stands on its own yet becomes greater within her collection of poems. All universal. She utilizes her writing to engage people in thought, stir discussion, share insights, support causes, bring forth truths, educate, and inspire souls. She has taught Judaics and Jewish music extensively in Jewish Day schools for many years. Miriam Leah combines her love of music and creative writing with her devotion to Am Yisroel and Eretz Yisroel, through her writing of Divrei Torah and advocating for Jewish values and Israel.
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