The Shofar

Traditionally, a shofar is made of a ram’s horn which is used for Jewish religious activities. A shofar is used in synagogue services during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Talmud states that the shofar may be made from any animal horn except cow’s horn or those of a calf.

  • Ram’s Horn – this is the traditional shofar used in Israel during ancient times and is the most commonly used shofar in the world. This type of shofar is large and has a curved shape.
  • Sephardic Shofar – this is a straight and flat shofar made from the horn of a domestic ram. This type of shofar is low pitched.
  • Yemenite Shofar- this type of shofar is usually long and spiraled. This type of shofar produces a low, echoing sound.

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