On the Jewish High Holidays, “Tekiah” is the first command to sound the shofar or ram’s horn – a tradition that dates back thousands of years.
Today, a different horn was blown. Not one that is holy, but rather one that was most likely a childish prank.
At a press conference outside of Congressman Tom MacArthur’s office in Marlton, a car horn alarm sounded while members of the clergy spoke about the Congressman’s attempt to gut health care for millions of Americans. Maybe it was an unfortunate juxtaposition of events, but when the group moved to the opposite side of the building, another nearby car alarm went off – from the car belonging to a MacArthur staffer. Two alarms – following the footsteps of a cadre of clergy, advocates, and press – probably not a coincidence.
But the horns did not drown out the clergy. Instead, as Rev Daryl Armstrong of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton pointed out, the horns were a Shofar – a call to worship and a call to action.
That was the theme as several clergy members from various denominations gathered to express opposition to the MacArthur amendment. The spoke about the needs not only of their congregants, but of society in general, urging MacArthur to withdraw his mean-spirited amendment. Some talked about personal health situations. All called for the strengthening of the Affordable Care Act. Here are some excerpts