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Rabbi Moshe Wilansky helps Noah Stern Rich, 4, blow a shofar, or ram’s horn, as, left to right, Jack Aurritt, 4, Satchel Sonenberg, 3, and Sam Watson 4, watch at the Jewish Community Alliance Preschool in Portland on Thursday. Wilansky, of Portland, was at the preschool to demonstrate the blowing of the shofar to mark the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, which starts at sundown Sunday. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins Tuesday evening.