Sunday, August 31, 2008

Shofar, Tehillim [Psalms] during Elul


Beginning with the first of Elul (this coming Monday morning), Ashkenazi Jews blow Shofar after Shacharit (the morning prayers).

There is also a practice of saying ten chapters of Psalms each weekday during the month of Elul, completing the book of Psalms twice during the month.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 581:1; Mishneh Berurah 581:3)

Have a great day,


  1. This question is sort of related. I'm trying to find some sort of offical documentation of what makes a kosher shofar. I know that it must be of a kosher animal that isn't a cow, but does that animal have to be killed in a kosher manner? (aka. under Rabbinic supervision?)

    If so - who is eating all of those kosher kudu?

    I'm asking this because I want to make my own shofar from a Texas Dall Ram and I want to buy the horn on ebay.

    Many thanks!

  2. Hi Julie,

    Good question - and the answer is that it need not be schechted. See Mishneh Berurah 586:8.