Medium Ram's Horn Shofar
In biblical times, the shofar announced the beginning of each new moon or month. In the temple, the shofar was used to announce the beginning of weekly prayers, as well as the beginning and ending of Sabbath. On the Temple Mount, priests sounded the shofar from the pinnacle of the temple, sometimes called "pinnacle corner.
The History and Biblical Significance of the Shofar
A shofar is a ceremonial horn instrument used a few times a year, in accordance with ancient Jewish tradition. Shofars are usually created from the horns of rams, while in Yemenite Jewish culture shofars are often made from the horns of the kudu—a type of large antelope. During biblical times, the shape and type of animal horn used to make a shofar were important. Horns could be taken only from a kosher animal, like sheep or mountain goats, including the kudu. Shofars come in a range of sizes and types, lengths and shapes, depending on a community's tradition, and may also be decorated with silver plating.
The shofar is possibly the oldest and most iconic Jewish ritual object. Made from a ram's horn, a male sheep that is at least one-year old, the shofar is hollow and blown in special ways to produce different sounds. The shofar is blown in the synagogue on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), when its distinct primal sound is used to awaken and inspire repentance and change.
Biblically, the shofar was used in a number of settings. It was blown at the temple and was used to announce holidays and the Jubilee year (Yovel). It has been used for many other things over the course of history, and now is a wonderfully significant piece of Judaica commonly found in Jewish homes and synagogues to be used during the high holidays.
The shofar is one of the oldest wind instruments in the world and was used in ancient Israel to intimidate the enemy, declare war and call people to assembly. In the book of Joshua, it was blown to help capture the city of Jericho. “The army of Israel marched around Jericho to the signal of the shofar” (Joshua 6). Jewish tradition links the ram's horn to the ram caught in the thicket and then sacrificed by Abraham in place of his son, Isaac (Genesis 22).
Size, Weight and Authenticity
Displayed on its side, the Medium Rams Horn Shofar measures about 10" long and 3" in wide and needs approximately 10" x 3" of shelf space for display. It weighs 5.87 oz. This shofar is 100% authentic and kosher, manufactured and shipped directly from Israel. Manufactured under the strict supervision of the Israeli Rabbinate, each shofar is carefully inspected to deem it "kosher." This means that it was produced in accordance with strict religious laws of the State of Israel.
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