The Shofar is a musical instrument made of a ram’s horn. Once the horn arrives at the factory, it undergoes a process sanitation and disinfection to make it can be a kosher Shofar. Ensuring the Shofar’s lawfulness is an exacting task; many Shofars are disqualified because the horns are fractured or too damaged. The Shofar is a Synagogue Item we hear during the service every year on the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, then, is sure to be fracture and hole-free. Other synagogue items important for honoring holidays like Rosh Hashanah include Tallitot and Kittels.
While most people do not know how to properly blow the Shofar in order to make the desired, breathtaking sound, it is still an item that is commonly found in Judaica stores.The Shofar, like many other articles in Judaism, varies according to custom and tradition: 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.
The Shofar can be as long as you want it to be, as long as it is kosher. 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.
At Judaica stores, you can find Shofars that are purely decorative and perfect for the Holidays and these can be on the pricey side. For example, you can purchase a beautiful Sterling silver medium size Shofar for approximately $800. Another item often seen is a medium size leather-covered Shofar, which can cost you roughly $300. Of course, these Shofars are just a drop in the bucket, and prices differ greatly based on size, material, and more, even when you are dealing with non-decorative Shofars. For example, a Yemenite 46-48in long Shofar may cost you $140, whereas another Yemenite Shofar of a slightly larger size, approximately 50in, can easily cost you close to $300.
If you are looking to purchase a Shofar as a gift since they make for very apposite Rosh Hashanah 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.