A shofar
A shofar Israel News photo: Flash 90

The IDF Rabbinate is purchasing 400 new shofars for use during the Hebrew months of Elul and Tishrei. The shofar, made of a ram’s horn, is blown to help arouse Jews to repentance before Rosh Hashanah, the Day of Judgment, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Prior to the purchase, the Rabbinate gathered all of its current shofars to see how many were still fit for use, and any damaged horns were replaced.

The army uses shofars that are kosher according to all rabbinic opinions, in order to ensure that soldiers of all backgrounds will be equally able to fulfill their religious obligation to hear the horn sounded.

The need for hundreds of new shofars reflects a growth in the number of IDF soldiers who observe Torah law.

The army is also working to provide soldiers who can lead services during the holidays. Former and current Hesder yeshiva students will be sent to bases and outposts across the country to ensure that there are public prayers and that the shofar is blown.