September 3, 2020 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #1898394takahmamashParticipant
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 ShalomSeptember 3, 2020 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm #1898483charliehallParticipant
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.
CharlieSeptember 4, 2020 9:14 am at 9:14 am #1898545ubiquitinParticipant
Travelers bring animal products all the time, wool sweaters, leather shoes.September 4, 2020 9:21 am at 9:21 am #1898535takahmamashParticipant
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.September 6, 2020 1:24 am at 1:24 am #1898739147Participant
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.September 6, 2020 8:53 am at 8:53 am #1898785Sechel HaYasharParticipant
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.September 6, 2020 8:57 am at 8:57 am #1898789YW Moderator-29 👨💻Moderator
☝🏻 Shalom aleichem, glad you are wellSeptember 6, 2020 10:56 am at 10:56 am #1898817Reb EliezerParticipant
147, if what you are saying is correct than how can the chachomim take away the mitzva of shofar?September 7, 2020 3:01 pm at 3:01 pm #1899167DovidBTParticipant
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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