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April 28, 2022 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm #2080585
What makes a Shofar Kosher and where are they made? Who is behind the middle man selling them? Are the colors natural or dyed?April 28, 2022 9:43 pm at 9:43 pm #2080897Always_Ask_QuestionsParticipant
I cut – and toot – my own horn. Be careful, though – most deer in USA had covid.April 29, 2022 12:34 am at 12:34 am #2080935GadolhadorahParticipant
Ashkenazi shofars are made from a ram’s horn while Sephardeshe shofars are made from the the horn of a kudu. To be kosher, a shofar cannot be painted in colors, but my understanding is that it may be carved with artistic designs. Some of the more ornate Sephardishe shofars you sometimes see displayed with silver plated insets across part of their length are not meant to be used for tikias shofer.April 29, 2022 2:02 pm at 2:02 pm #2081106shebbesonianParticipant
There is no such thing as an ashkenazi or sefardishe shofar.
Shofars are manufactured from the horns of several animals. One of the more popular companies is run by the Bar Sheshet family, but there are lots of manufacturers. The shofars you see in Judaica stores are typically imported for sale.
Ashkenazim prefer using a curved rams horn. Most have on the market we’re partially straightened during manufacturing and are just curved at the large end. Some sefardim (and some ashkenazim) have a preference for a fully curved rams horn that was not straightened at all. They are relatively rare to come across and more difficult to blow. Some sefardim are accustomed to use the horn of a kudu, but there is nothing that makes the shofar sefardi or ashkenazi.April 29, 2022 2:39 pm at 2:39 pm #2081135
Right so are the judaica stores importing mainly from Israel or what? Is it possible to buy direct from manufacturer?April 29, 2022 4:48 pm at 4:48 pm #2081173shebbesonianParticipant
Google Bar Sheshet Ribak shofars. I’m not certain, but I think they might sell direct to consumer as well.
The shofars in Judaica stores around me in NY are mostly importing from Israel. If you do buy from a manufacturer, just beware that there are a lot of Christians who produce shofars, some of which are beautiful, but they cannot be used for tekias shofar on Rosh Hashana.April 29, 2022 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #2081196
Wait if the Judaica stores buy from manufacturer, why would it be risky to buy from the manufacturer directly? Are the Judaica stores filtering out the non kosher ones?April 29, 2022 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #2081200Always_Ask_QuestionsParticipant
RW, If you go to the store and research the shofars, I am not sure you can then go to the manufacturer and buy direct. This is not why the store put them out there.
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