Shofar strap

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Shofar strap

When the children of Israel received the Torah at mount Sinai, the blast of a Shofar emanating from the thick cloud on Mount Sinai made the Israelites tremble in awe (Exodus 19:16). Special Shofars were used in the subsequent unfolding of the biblical tale to mark special events and accomplishments. For example, during their wanderings, spiritual warfare Shofars were used in the conflict with Amalek, a form of use which was brought to its pinnacle during the conquest of the city of Jericho when Joshua, at the command of God, had his spiritual warfare Shofars blow as he circuited the city walls, bringing them down at the seventh circuit.

Once the Hebrew People were settled down, different Shofars were used to announce holidays and the Jubilee year, and particularly the Tishrei holidays, described in the Torah as a zikron teruˁah (memorial of blowing ; Lev. 23:24) and a yom teruˁah (day of blowing; Num. 29). On Yom Kippur and other fast days ram horn silver plated Shofars were used to commemorate the fast.

Silver plated Yemenite Shofars are made in remembrance of this role, and are impressive and moving to behold. However, the Kudu horn from which the Silver plated Yemenite Shofars can reach truly impressive lengths (up to 56 inches!) making carrying them by hand to and from shul rather impractical. Shofar straps designed to fit and carry your Shofar of choice offer one solution to this problem. Such Shofar straps can also be used as a mounting sling for hanging the Shofar on a wall for decorative purposes. In short, it is highly recommended that if you choose to purchase a special Shofar for yourself, your shul or your family, particularly if it is a large one, you should purchase a matching Shofar strap to go with it.