Our Top 10 Shofars for Rosh Hashanah 2021
The month of Elul is rapidly approaching, which means it's the perfect time to shop for a shofar. During Elul, the shofar is blown each morning during prayer services (except on Shabbat) as a wake up call for our minds and souls. The blast of the shofar is meant to capture our attention and remind us to focus on introspection, repentance, reflection, and growth as we approach the High Holidays. (Learn more about the shofar's origins, history, and traditions here!)
Many families have their own shofars. It is also a lovely gesture to gift a shofar to your synagogue or community. With more than 150 shofars on our site, finding the perfect one can be a challenge. If you aren't sure what type of shofar is best for your needs, make sure to check out our extensive guide to buying a shofar. Once you've decided between ram or kudu, long or short, and polished or hand-painted, you're ready to go forth and shop!
We have handpicked our top 10 favorite shofars from our store. Each one is authentic, kosher, high-quality, and made in the Land of Israel by talented local craftsmen and artisans with a long tradition of creating shofars. We are certain these shofars will blow you away and make Elul and Rosh Hashanah 2021 even more meaningful and spiritual.
This classic ram's horn shofar is a great option for those who love tradition and already know how to blow a shofar. As we explained in our shofar shopping guide, the shorter a shofar is, the smaller the mouthpiece will be, meaning that it takes some practice and skill to achieve an optimal thunderous blast. Like all of the ram's horns on this list, this shofar is from Barsheshet-Ribak, a family business that dates back to 14th century Spain. Now based in Israel, Barsheshet-Ribak ensures that its shofars are natural and authentic. Their products are also certified kosher via the Tel Aviv Rabbinate.
During Temple times, shofars were absolutely instrumental in Jerusalem. In addition to accompanying trumpets in the Temple's orchestra, shofars were also blown at the Temple to announce the new moon, the beginning of Shabbat, and other important news. Crafted from a ram's horn and plated with sterling silver, this Jerusalem shofar features a view of the Old City's iconic architecture. The word "Jerusalem" is written along the bottom in a font that looks just like the Western Wall. Available in five different sizes, this shofar can also be displayed year-round in your home as a nod to your heritage and the Holy City.
While ram and sheep were accessible to Jews in Eretz Yisrael and throughout the diaspora, Jewish communities in Yemen crafted their shofars out of the horns of kudus, a species of antelope common in eastern Africa. Unlike ram's horns, kudu shofars are usually longer and feature a corkscrew-like spiral. When Yemenite Jews immigrated to Israel, they introduced the rest of the Jewish world to these stunning shofars. If you want to purchase a kudu shofar, look no further! This gorgeous shofar is polished and features natural, neutral colors. Like every shofar on our site, this Yemenite kudu shofar is certified kosher.
This classic ram's horn gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "natural beauty." The horn maintains its original stunning natural texture, which is complemented with a natural finish to keep the shofar looking sleek and durable, while the mouthpiece has a polished finish to ensure comfort for whoever is lucky enough to blow this shofar during Jewish holidays. You can also take pride in knowing that this shofar is truly one-of-a-kind (like all of our shofars, each ram's horn is completely authentic and organically sourced).
If you prefer that your Judaica is bright, vibrant, and full of motifs and meaning, this colorful ram's horn is the shofar for you! Handpainted by artists in Israel, this shofar features beautiful renditions of pomegranates, as well as an artistic depiction of Jerusalem's Old City. Created in Israel from an authentic ram's horn, this decorative shofar is certified kosher by Israeli rabbinical authorities. During checkout, you can also choose to add a sturdy stand so you can display this work of art beyond Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
If you're looking for a shofar that will produce a deep, striking sound, this lengthy kudu horn is an essential. Measuring nearly 2.5 feet, this authentic kudu shofar is fit for a king. Despite its majestic length and sounds, only half of the shofar is polished in order to maintain its natural beauty. Whether you use this shofar at home, at synagogue, or elsewhere, you'll feel like you're standing on a mountaintop in Jerusalem, summoning the attention of those near and far.
In Jewish history, lions symbolize strength and power, partially because of their fierce roars. If you're striving to make your shofar roar, this decorated and meaningful horn is the perfect inspiration. Sourced from a ram, the shofar is partially silver-plated and is adorned with two golden lions facing each other as they roar. A crown and the word "Jerusalem" sit between them. This shofar is available in five different sizes.
If you've never blown a shofar before, you may be surprised at how challenging it is to achieve those thunderous notes. If you have the desire in your heart to be a ba’al tekiah (shofar blower) but aren't sure if you have the strength in your lungs, this classic ram's horn is a safe bet. Featuring a polished mouthpiece, a wide body, and kosher certification from the Tel Aviv Rabbinate, this shofar is only $25, making it an affordable option if you aren't ready to invest hundreds of dollars on a horn.
Shofars are an excellent gift for any Jewish home because they often have a double purpose. In addition to serving as a ritual item utilized throughout the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a stylish shofar can also be displayed on a shelf in your home or office throughout the year. This 20-22 inch kudu horn boasts a natural and sleek finish, making it the perfect shofar to sho-off year-round. A powerful symbol of Jewish identity and continuity, a shofar can also be a great conversation starter with friends who have never experienced Rosh Hashanah!
All shofars are one-of-a-kind, but this gorgeous kudu horn is extra unique because it's customizable. As if the sterling silver plating and golden ornamental Lion of Judah weren't special enough, this shofar comes in seven different sizes and can be inscribed with your name. When ordering, you can select whether you want Hebrew or English inscription. If you don't know how to spell your name in Hebrew, don't fret! Just choose Hebrew as the language and then write the name in English. We are happy to translate it for you.