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How to Buy Rams Horn Shofar or My Preparations for Rosh ha Shana

by Israel Depot

  Shofar – is originally considered a ram’s horn, which was cleaned and polished in very special way in order to be considered kosher. The art of making kosher shofar was passed from father to son and was considered a secret art. That is why only few families in Israel who able to produce authentic kosher shofar as defined by Torah.
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Natural Finish Rams Horn Shofar  Polished Finish Rams Horn Shofar
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The process of making kosher shofar involves special techniques of removing the animal odor and polishing the horn. Shofar is blown at most important Jewish holiday - Rosh Ha Shana – Jewish New Year and symbolizes new start and new hopes for the next year. You have probably saw many pictures of old white bearded man covered by Tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) blowing shofar. It is indeed very unique and beautiful scene, which I seen in the great synagogue of Jerusalem in Rosh Ha Shana Eve.
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You can buy rams horn shofar pretty a lot cheaper closely to Rosh HaShana eve where the jewish market is crowded with them.
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Natural Finish Large Shofar    Yemenite Kudud Shofar
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    Authentic Kosher Shofar is always sealed with original manufacturer seal. Beware of the horns which are sold without authentication seal. It may produce nice sound, but it will not be considered a kosher shofar according to Jewish religion.
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    Blowing a shofar is also considered an art which needed to be taught and has its rules, just as any other musical instrument. An experienced artist can produce long lasting special sound. Because each shofar has unique structure and they are different from each other – the sound of each kosher shofar if unique and unrepeatable.
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    Before you buy rams horn shofar it is better to consult with someone who knows and understands shofar requirements, because even slightest crack in shofar which will not be noticed by inexperienced eye may change its unique sound.   
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This is a simple guide on how to buy rams horn shofar:  
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1.      Choose the shofar length you need – rams horn shofar prices raise exponentially to its length , because long rams horn is hard to find and hard to process. The minimal length is 10 inch and the maximal I saw is 27 inch 
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2.      Choose shofar finish type – it can be natural one where only the mouthpiece is polished or it can be totally polished. 
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3.      Check the shofar thoroughly to make sure there are no cracks in it. 
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4.      Smell the shofar and make sure it does not have animal odor. 
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5.      Try to blow it if you know how to. It not ask the seller to blow it to make sure it produces good sound. If you do not know the sound it is supposed to produce you can search youtube – there is a lot of uploaded videos with people blowing rams horn shofar. 
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6.      Make shofar that the shofar is kosher and that the seller has kosher certificate from Chief Rabbinate.
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Each seller should have some kind of seal attached to shofar which should prove its authenticity and kosherness
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','',206,'How to Buy Rams Horn Shofar or My Preparations for Rosh ha Shana','Jewish history goes back many centuries and succeeded to survive many cataclysms, like the destruction of the Jewish Temple , Holocaust and many other strikes which Jewish people had to undergo. Nevertheless, Jewish traditions had survived and remained unchanged through history of Israel. Shofar is one of the best proofs that “People of Israel are Alive”. Its roots go back to the ancient times where it was considered as pure musical instrument. Only later it became a part of Jewish religious traditions'Jewish history goes back many centuries and succeeded to survive many cataclysms, like the destruction of the Jewish Temple , Holocaust and many other strikes which Jewish people had to undergo. Nevertheless, Jewish traditions had survived and remained unchanged through history of Israel. Shofar is one of the best proofs that “People of Israel are Alive”. Its roots go back to the ancient times where it was considered as pure musical instrument. Only later it became a part of Jewish religious traditions

This article was published on Friday 01 August, 2014.
by Israel Depot
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