What is a shofar store?
A shofar store is usually a Jewish store that offers various Jewish religious items for sale. Among other items, you will find shofars, mezuzah and tefillin. Shofar stores can be found across the country and if you are familiar with the Internet, you will also manage to find thousands of shofar stores offering a variety of items related to the Judaica faith.
One of the most common items that you will find in a shofar store are shofars. Shofars are religious horns made from the horns of male kosher animals except cattle. Horns of rams and kudus are most common when it comes to making shofars. Antlers cannot be used to make shofars because they are made of bone and cannot be hollowed. Shofars are an important part of Judaism because they are blown during various religious occasions, especially during Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and throughout the month of Elul after the end of the Morning Prayer. A shofar store will offer you a variety of shofars in various shapes and designs and also in different price ranges.
Another common item that you will find in a shofar store is mezuzah. A mezuzah is a parchment that is inscribed with verses from the Torah and written in Hebrew. The verses contained in mezuzah start with the phrase “Listen, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” A mezuzah is usually contained in a decorative box. A mezuzah is traditionally posted on the door frames of Jewish homes and can be found on every doorway of a Jewish home except the bathroom and very small rooms. A traditional mezuzah is written by a professional scribe using a quill pen and indelible ink.
Among other things you will find in a shofar store is a tefillin. A tefillin consists of a pair of black leather boxes. The boxes contain a parchment on which verses from the Bible are inscribed. Tefillins are used to remember that God freed the children of Israel from the slavery of the Egyptians. Some tefillins are worn around the arms, hands and fingers. These are called shel yad. Those tefillins that are placed above the forehead are called shel rosh.
It is not mandatory that a shofar store can only be visited by people from the Jewish community. Apart from their religious uses, items available in a shofar store can also be used for home decoration. Shofar store items create an aura in the room in which they are kept.