Shofar maker Shimon Kinan warned, Thursday, that people, especially synagogue officials, should be on the lookout for imported animal horns, which may not be acceptable under Jewish law. Kinan has been making shofars for 12 years in the southern Golan community of Giv'at Yoav, under strict supervision by the hareidi-religious community. He told Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service that there's a good chance that cracks or holes in shofars made by non-Jews in Morocco or China will be repaired, rendering them unacceptable.
Kinan travels to countries such as his native Morocco and Namibia to bring back the horns of various breeds of gazelles and antelopes that are used in addition to the ram's horn commonly associated with the instrument, which is sounded on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), at the end of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and during weekday morning services starting at the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul. Ashkenazi Jews stop the weekday blowing before the eve of Rosh Hashanah, while other communities continue into the weekdays between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.