Bringing a Shofar into the U.S. – allowed?

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    I am flying to the U.S. next week, and unfortunately will be there thru the chagim. Does anyone know for certain if I am allowed to bring my shofar with me? I am concerned that because it’s an animal product that it may be confiscated at customs. TIA and Shabbat Shalom


    There is a list of categories of prohibited and restricted items at the Customs and Border Protection web site:

    In the potentially prohibited are anything from any wild animal and recommends contacting the Fish and Wildlife Service for information. I did not see non-food domestic animal products listed so if your shofar is from a domestic sheep you may be okay. I know that is is possible to import a shofar because Judaica stores import them but I don’t know what hoops you have to jump through. I bought a ram’s horn shofar just a few weeks ago at West Side Judaica that had just arrived from Israel.

    Good luck!!!



    Travelers bring animal products all the time, wool sweaters, leather shoes.


    Thanks Charlie. I bought it 30 years ago in E”Y, so I assume it was made there. I’m going to leave it home, just to be on the safe side.


    It is 1st time in 11 years that you didn’t even need שופר as no תורה based obligation to hear sound of שופר shall be occurring this year.

    Sechel HaYashar

    You can bring your shofar. I’ve done it many times. It’s as animal product as your shoes. It’s a musical instrument. I’ve brought my shofar to the US and to countries far stricter than the US. Never have I been questioned.


    ☝🏻 Shalom aleichem, glad you are well

    Reb Eliezer

    147, if what you are saying is correct than how can the chachomim take away the mitzva of shofar?


    I’ve read that the inspectors on the scene can use their own judgement and confiscate anything. Even if can produce a written document that says you can bring a shofar, they have the authority to take it anyway. And you’d have a hard time ever getting it back.

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