You visit any Jewish home and one item that you will always find is the shofar.+ Read More
Shofar-Yemenite and Gemsbok Shofar
You visit any Jewish home and one item that you will always find is the shofar. The shofar, as we all know, is an ancient horn that is made from the horns of the animals belonging to the Bovidae family. It is only the horn of the cow that is not used to construct a shofar. The ram is most popular animal from the horns of which a shofar is constructed, but the horns of other animals like sheep, gemsbok and kudu are also used. Different schools of Judaism use different horns for constructing the shofar.
The horn of any animal cannot be used for constructing the shofar because there are certain specifications associated with the construction. Only horns with a cartilage at the core can be used because the hollow inside the shofar can only be created by scraping off the cartilage. Horns that contain solid bone cannot be used for this purpose.
As mentioned above, the shofar material differs as per the schools of Judaism. Yemenite Jews prefer the horns of the gemsbok for the construction of the shofar. The gemsbok is an animal of the oryx genus and is native to southern Africa, where it flourishes in the arid conditions. The horns of the gemsbok are easy to be worked on to construct the gemsbok shofar and the sound emanated from the instrument can be heard far and wide.
Buying a shofar
Shofars are among the highest selling of all the Jewish religious items. Shofars, while their primary use is during biblical feasts and wedding ceremonies, also make for excellent display items for homes.
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All the shofars that we offer from our store in Jerusalem are made in the Holy Land of Israel, following all Jewish customs and traditions.