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Yemenite Shofars are made from the horn of an animal belonging to antelope family.  The kudu is known to have the longest horns from any other animal.  Unlike the Ashkenazi Jews that use smaller Rams Horn Shofars,  Yemenite Jews use the kudu horn for their religious services.  The longer Kudu horns are known for their extraordinary sound.  We offer the largest selection of Yemenite Shofars online, choose from our wide range of types and sizes.   All our shofars  are tested for quality by experts and are certified kosher.
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The Curly Shofar of Yemen's Jews  
The shofar is usually made of a ram's horn taken from a mature male sheep, thus, accomplishing the command of the premium. As a rule, the horn should be primed from sheep even if not a ram, and other kosher animals horns are pure and kosher for the purpose by most establishments. Bull horns and other animal horns that are not hollow but made of a one piece bone are not used. As they are not called "Shofar", and only tube like horns may be called a Shofar.

An ancient and acknowledged custom of Yemenite Jews is to blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah made of a long curly African antelope called "Kudo". This is done in spite of the fact that the great Rambam, whom most Yemenite Jews generally follow his rulings, requires the Shofar of Rosh Hashanah to be made specifically out of a ram’s horn and  rules out other kinds. Some among the Yemenite Jews tried to oppose out of their devotion to the Rambam (even against the ancient custom of Yemen), but the ancient practice continued to be acceptable to the majority of Yemenite Jewry. Some believe the "kudo” to be a larger species of sheep, in their view the Rambam himself used the same horn for his Shofar.
Some small Ashkenazi shofars (slightly bigger than a hand’s palm) are “I”-shaped, and their size is between 10-8 cm.

As Israel has no reindeer antlers compatible for the production of the shofar, the horns are imported from the Maghreb countries and South Africa.

 Preparation of the Shofar
Most horns imported to Israel are disqualified immediately due to fractures, cracks and decay. Only about thirty percent of them go through the initial processing, during which, the horn is cleared and polished. The hard bone coating of the horn is separated from its inner side, in a complex method and a professional secret with special care not to break the horn.

After this separation, the horn is checked again. If there is a hole or crack along its tube, it is disapproved. If the hole is only peripheral, then the horn is kosher. However, according to ancient scripture you cannot mend the horn in any way, as it should be made of the whole original material.

Later in the process the horn is sterilized and slowly straightened in an oven. The Sephardic shofar is usually aligned along its entire length, while that Ashkenazi Shofar is straight and only begins curling towards its end.  The Sephardic Shofar straightening triples the price due to the breakage of every second horn during this process.
After alignment, the mouthpiece and body of the Shofar are polished and the desired sound of the shofar is adjusted in a unique process that requires a special expertise.

Rabbi Joseph Kapach confirms from the Talmud, that blowing a proper Shofar on Rosh Hashanah, should be subject to its initial natural bend (Chinese set). Therefore, it is common among Yemenite Jews not to align the Shofar during its preparation process. This makes the preparation process more complex, more expensive and the final produced Shofar is a little heavier and harder to blow.