That’s right. You can accessorize your Shofar. Hold on, you’re asking what is a Shofar? Let’s start at the very beginning…

What is a Shofar?

Rams Horn Shofar
A Shofar is an animal’s horn that is blown in order to produce a wailing\crying sound on the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah. The Shofar can be made from the horn of any kosher animal apart from the bovine family. This is so as not to “remind” G-d of our terrible sin with the golden calf when we essentially betrayed Him. The Shofar is blown on the New Year for a number of reasons. Rav Sa’adia Gaon lists ten reasons why we blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah and they are worth checking out. Most commonly it is explained that we blow the Shofar so as to invoke G-d’s mercy on Rosh Hashanah which is considered in Judaism the birthday of the world and the day on which every creature comes in judgment before G-d. The Shofar, with its crying sound is meant to stir our hearts and to sound like the wailing of a sinful people coming before G-d…

What does one do with a Shofar apart from blow it on Rosh Hashanah?

Good question. Unless you live in Israel and feel the need to randomly blow a Shofar at religious events then there’s not much to do with the Shofar during the rest of the year. Apart from practice blowing it in preparation for Rosh Hashanah. And this is the reason that a Shofar Stand is a worthwhile purchase- either for a friend or family member who has a Shofar but no stand or for yourself if you are already considering buying a Shofar. When the Shofar is not in use one can place it on a lovely Shofar Stand made of wood or Lucite. Depending on your taste or the taste of the person you are buying a Shofar Stand for, one can choose between gorgeous hand-painted wooden stands or stylish Lucite ones.

Any other Shofar accessories I should know about?

Well if we’re already on the subject, there are also special velvet pouches for Shofars-Velvet Shofar Pouch whether for a regular ram Shofar or even a long Yemenite one. The pouches have lovely gold or silver embroidered designs on them and protect your Shofar from use to use.  Lastly, there is the Shofar Odor Neutralizer Spray. Most Shofar owners notice that there special horns…well…smell. This is normal seeing as the horn comes from an animal and contained tissue and other such things. A little spray of this fantastic accessory will keep your Shofar pleasant-smelling…

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