Shape: Tight curve; oval aperture
Colors: Tan with streaks of dark brown near the mouthpiece; brown and tan with hints of mauve near bell
Design: Lions of Judah, Temple Menorah, crown and grapevine motifs
Finish: Fully-polished, no-tarnish silver coating
Sound: Deep clear tone
Length: 84 cm / 33 inches
Decorated shofars are not considered kosher: but are sold as decorative pieces. They can be blown, of course, but are cannot be used to fulfill the mitzvah of shofar on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
The Talmud teaches us that a shofar must be a single horn, therefore if any material is added on — even bits of shofar heated and fused together without glue — the shofar is rendered non-kosher.
The prohibition to add on applies to the length of the shofar, thus adding silver plate, gold plate or another type of coating in theory does not render the shofar non-kosher. However, there are two exceptions:
- no coating can be applied to the mouthpiece
- the coating cannot alter the sound produced by the shofar, even slightly
As such, writes the Chayei Adam (140, 10), decorative work should not be added to the shofar at all. However, he notes that carving in designs is no problem.