Shofar Making & Learning Day

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On Sunday, September 7 at 11am-3pm We will learn about the Shofar through study and discussion in the morning. Shofar making will begin at 12:30pm. If you wish to make your own Shofar to take home with you, pre-order your Shofar by August 15 to guarantee availability. BCC receives 10% of all purchases! Shofar and learning event 2014 form

Learn about the Shofar through study and discussion on “Women Blowing the Shofar: Mitzvah or Not?” with Author Maggie Anton in the morning.

Making a Shofar

The crafting of Shofars is an ancient art that hasn’t changed much for thousands of years. Every Shofar starts out as a raw horn of an animal. There are several types of animals whose horns can me made into a Shofar.

The most common Shofar is made from the horn of a ram, that is a male sheep that is at least a year old. The very long curvy Shofars that are known as Yemenite Shofars, are made from the horn of the Kudu, a type of antelope found in southern and eastern Africa. Neither of these types of horns is available in sufficient quantities in Israel. The raw horns are brought from countries in southern Africa where the animals are raised for meat production. In theory, you could make a Shofar out of the horn of a Bull. However Jewish law prohibits this in order that the Shofar not ‘remind’ God of the sin of the golden calf.

Every Shofar manufacturer has to maintain good relationships with growers of these animals in Africa in order to ensure that they will get good quality horns that will not crack or split. Also it is extremely important to get horns from herds of animals that have been checked to be disease free. Once the horns arrive in Israel, the manufacturer inspects them and sorts out which ones are fit to make into Shofars. A very large percentage of the horns end up being discarded at this stage. This is because Jewish law requires that every finished Shofar be completely intact without any cracks or holes. It is prohibited to patch a Shofar that has a hole or crack. Any horn which is not in extremely good condition will not be intact at the end of the production.

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Written by Yanir Dekel on Aug 07, 2014 in Adult Education - No Comments

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