Under a British law in Palestine passed in 1930, Jews were forbidden to blow the shofar at the Kotel,
pray loudly there, or bring Torah scrolls, so as not to offend the Arab population.
Despite this restriction, for the next seventeen years, the shofar was sounded at the Kotel every
Yom Kippur. Shofars were smuggled in to the Kotel where brave teenagers defiantly blew them at the
conclusion of the fast. Some managed to get away – others were captured and sent to jail for up to
Six of these men are still alive.
Two weeks ago, these six men returned to the scene of their “crime”. Armed with shofars,
they recounted their individual stories and blew shofar again at the Kotel.