|The Yemenite Shofar (Kudu Shofar) is made from the horn of the Kudu antelope from Africa. The horns are collected after the animal’s natural yearly shedding, and then they are smoothed and polished. They’re available in styles that are unadorned, silver plated or painted with various designs depicting Jerusalem, the Star of David and other Jewish symbols. These 100% authentic, kosher shofars are handcrafted by expert craftsmen in Tel Aviv, Israel, under the supervision of the Rabbinate who carefully check and certify each shofar as kosher.|
|The Yemeni or Yemenite shofar is so-named because of its popularity with the Jewish people of Yemen. Since rams’ horns weren’t available in that region of the world, they used horns from the Kudu. These horns were brought over to Yemen from Africa by way of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a narrow passageway that connects the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. The Yemenite Kudu shofar differs from the ram’s horn in that it has a long spiral shape and its sound has a rich resonance that some have described as being like echoes from a mountain. It is a reminder of the mountaintop on which Abraham sacrificed the ram, in place of his son Isaac (Genesis, chapter 22).|
|Traditionally, the shofar is blown in the synagogue at particular times. For Rosh Hashanah (“head of the year” in Hebrew), a holy day that celebrates the creation of the world, it is blown to acknowledge the importance and purpose of the creation. Blowing the shofar is considered a mitzvah — that is, a commandment from God. At the conclusion of Yom Kippur, the shofar is blown to signal the end of the day of fasting. In ancient times, the sound of the shofar would welcome in the Jubilee year, announcing that all slaves were then free to go. In modern times, it signifies that our souls are now freed from sin.|
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