ShofarsShopping Jerusalem offers its customers the ultimate shofar buying experience: from ram's horns to Yemenite kudu shofars, decorated shofars, painted shofars and anointing shofars, which are used in special ceremonies for its music and anointing oil which calls for healing and protection against evil. Shofars can also be purchased with shofar stands to be used as storage or for decoration on a mantelpiece as well as shofar bags, which keep the horn safe and prevent knock and chipping from occurring.
If you are looking to purchase a Shofar as a gift since they make for very great gifts, and especially if you’re looking for a decorative Shofar, your purchase will not be complete unless you get a matching Shofar stand or bag. The perfect way to showcase a gorgeous silver Shofar is to place it in a silver or glass stand. The stand will make the Shofar that much more conspicuous in any room you decide to put it in. If you’re not looking to put the Shofar on display, a beautiful embroidered velvet bag will keep the Shofar intact. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding Shofar designs or prices.
What is a shofar?
Shofars are musical instruments made from horns of the Bovidae family, with the exception of a cow. The horns usually come from a domestic ram or sheep in a curved shape, a gemsbok shofar, a Yemenite shofar which comes from a kudu or a Moroccan shofar which has no curves and has a flat shape. Shofars are shaped by applying the horn to heat and then it is flattened and shaped as desired, while a hole is made from the tip of the horn to the natural hollow on the other end. The hollow of the shofar has a different and irregular shape, so each shofar makes a different sound when one place one's mouth and blows into the hole. Shofars are used for religious practices and for non-religious musical purposes such as in bands and musicals for the unique sound it gives off when blown.
While most people do not know how to blow the Shofar properly in order to make the desired, breathtaking sound, it is still an item that is commonly found in stores across the Holy Land.The Shofar varies according to custom and tradition and religion: Iraqi and Iranian Jews often use the Bavli Shofar, which usually has a naturally incomplete finish and produces a very deep sound; Moroccans and Germans traditionally use the flat ram’s horn Shofar; Yemenites use their own Yemenite Shofar, which is more like a convoluted straight line; and the most popular and commonly-used one is the hoof-shaped classic twisted Shofar. Shofars are also used for decoration and look lovely on mantelpieces in places of worship, at home or at the office. The Shofar can be as long as you want it to be. Synagogues usually use medium size Shofars, as it is a combination of a strong sound and convenient size. Since the Shofar has to be made of a kosher animal’s horn, and kosher large-horned animals are rare, such Shofars tend to be very expensive. For people who are traveling or want a Shofar for the living room as an accessory, a small, “baby Shofar” is perfect.
Other than the apple dipped in honey, the Shofar is the most well-known symbol of the Jewish New Year. The Shofar is blown in Synagogue during services on Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year Holiday, as well as on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The Torah commands Jews in the Book of Numbers to hear the sound produced when the Shofar is blown.
What is a Shofar?
A Shofar is the horn of a ram, sheep or kudu that has been removed, cleaned thoroughly and hollowed out. According to Jewish law, the ram’s horn is most preferable - especially those which have a curve. Antlers, however, may not be used at all because they cannot be hollowed out. The Shofar has a narrow end that serves as a mouth piece and a much wider end that is usually curved to the side. When played like a French horn, the Shofar produces a loud wailing sound.
What Shapes do Shofars come in?
The shape of the Shofar is largely dependent on the animal it comes from and ranges heavily in size. However, all Shofars have a curve or bend to them.
The smallest Shofars measure between 20 and 40 centimeters and typically havea very small bend to them. These Shofars typically come from a ram and are used by the Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities. However, there are also ram’s horns that are much larger, measuring between 45 and 50 centimeters. Moroccan Shofars typically only have one small bend and are very small sized, usually between 20 and 30 centimeters.
The largest Shofars are usually 60 centimeters or longer. These Shofars comes from a Kudu and are used by the Yemenite Jewish Community and have two noticeable bends to them.
According to Jewish Law, the Shofar that is used in the performance of a Mitzvah may not have any decorations on it. Consequently, the Shofars used during services on Rosh HaShana and at the end of Yom Kippur are undecorated. However, those which are used of decorative purposes and will not be used in the performance of a Mitzvah may be decorated.
Decorative Shofars may have a wide range of themes and designs on them. These Shofars are decorated with silver plates that feature views of Jerusalem, lions, crowns and menorahs. In addition, some Shofars feature decorations of the seven species that are painted on to some sort of cloth background that is then attached to the Shofar. In terms of personalizing a Shofar, it is possible to have a name engraved into the horn or engraved into a silver piece that is in turn attached to the Shofar.
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