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Yemenite natural shofar
The Shofar has been used by the Jewish People to commemorate holidays and important events (processions, going to war) even during their exodus from Egyptian captivity, before arriving in the land of Israel. Indeed, 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). It has since become a fixture in the Temple and particularly in the celebration of the Tishrei holidays, a function it retains to the present day.
The Shofars used in the temple were various in shapes and sizes. The decorative Shofars used in Rosh Hashanah were straight, wild goat horn Shofars ornamented in gold, whereas the decorative Shofars used in Yom Hakippur were curving, ram horn Shofars decorated in silver.
Following the destruction of the Second Temple and the scattering of the Jewish people, each community in the Diaspora developed its own style of Shofars with the Yemenite natural Shofar, perhaps in imitation of the straight goat Shofars, being made of the horn of the kudo, the African antelope.
For extra impressive appearance and tonality, jumbo Yemenite Shofars can reach a length of up to 56 inches! jumbo Yemenite Shofars of this length have traditionally been cherished family heirlooms, but you can get your own jumbo natural Yemenite Shofar from a variety of online suppliers, including http://www.babashofar.com/
A Yemenite natural Shofar is not your only option, however. While the rugged texture and natural lines and color variations of the Yemenite natural Shofar were used by the Jews of Yemen for many generations, Yemenite polished Shofars, and Yemenite half- polished Shofars offer an intriguing alternative. Some prefer the sheen, of the Yemenite polished Shofars and others prefer the rugged appearance of the Yemenite natural Shofar. A combination, Shofars that are polished on one side and natural on the other is also an option making half polished Yemenite Shofars possible.