84 cm Tightly Curved Tan and Brown Silver-Plated Kudu Shofar

$298.00

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Description

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.