Street Shofar featuring IKAR's Sexy Shofar Man


18 Responses to “Street Shofar featuring IKAR's Sexy Shofar Man”

  1. Teller says:

    Good taquitos after, for sure.

  2. chris jimson says:

    Shit, is it 5773 already?  Where does the time go?

  3. Does anyone know, would it be some kind of violation of Kashrut for a gentile like me to play the shofar?

    As a brass musician, I’ve played everything from conchs and cow’s horns to mailing tubes and washing machine drain tubes, but I’ve never played a shofar.

    I’m thinking that thing has a fundamental about a ninth below what he’s playing, and maybe another fifth above. If my hand could reach the bell, I’m thinking I’d get maybe as much as a minor third below chromatically down from the available overtones.

    Not me, but Steve Turre, a hero:

    • Snig says:

      I don’t think it’d be a problem.  Email a Reform Rabbi and ask, you can likely get advice and more lore than you wanted, and could likely introduce you to the local blower.  You might want to wait until late September, as this is their busisest month.  There’s likely some who’d be offended, but they have their hobbies and you have yours, and playing odd instruments is a cooler, better hobby than being chronically offended.   

    • It’s fine, there’s nothing sacred/kosher about the instrument itself.  They probably sell them at your local Judaica shop, and you’ll support your local temple.  Interestingly, the organ at my temple has a “Shofar” stop, and in the past some Reform temples used a trumpet in place of the shofar.  Come to services on Rosh Hashanah morning too!

      edit, for clarity

    • Mitch_M says:

      Anyone can blow a shofar. The one I made is not fit for Jewish use unless no other one is available because I am Lutheran. I was happy to sell it to a Christian, though.

      Here is Ricky Skaggs leading thousands of shofar blowing Christians: 

    • LinkMan says:

      No problem.  Here are some examples of folks using a shofar in non-religious music.

      And you can definitely get at least three notes out of a decent shofar.  Here’s a video of a typical set of shofar blasts as they’re done in many synagogues I’ve been to, although I think it’s more traditional to maintain a single constant pitch (like this) rather than tacking on embellishments with other notes.

      As for bending the pitch by reaching into the “bell” of the horn, you could definitely get a shorter shofar to try it.  The shofars in the Street Shofar video and the example I just linked are Yemenite style shofars from kudu horns, which are popular because they look really awesome.  But plain ram’s horns are also used to make shofars that can sound just as good, and can be just a few inches long in some cases.

  4. pjcamp says:

    When did mariachi bands acquire shofars?

    Damn, I’ve been asleep a LONG time.

  5. Hannukah Dreidl says:

    Anyone can play the shofar – in my recollection, many church-based Boy Scout troops have their folks make one (usually from an ibex horn, which looks Yemenite to this Jew). However for Jews to fulfill the mitzvah of *listening* to a shofar, it has to be played by a Jewish adult (traditionally, a man).

    And yes, they sound most easily on the 3rd/5th of the fundamental, but (as in the recommended video) with bell occlusion or very, very careful lipping, it’s possible to approximate other intervals. I can play “Taps” pretty well. Tekiah away!

  6. Hannukah Dreidl says:

    Here’s “Hatikvah” on the shofar – a feature of my 70′s upbringing.

  7. awjt says:

    We need a friendly duet between sexy shofar guy and drumadan guy, tearin up the streets of Brooklyn and LA, waking up the neighbors, setting off car alarms, putting the Rosh in Hashana and the Ram in Ramadan.

  8. Mitch_M says:

    I can smell that shofar from all the way over here!

  9. vonbobo says:

    putting the ass in passion

  10. sarahnocal says:

    And as the resident sheep and goat rancher here, I will say that that looks way more like a goat’s horn than a sheep’s.

  11. Mike says:

    A shofar is basically the sound of a call to return, what we call “tshuva”  … to God, to truth, to the divine spark within you, to whatever your truth is.   The shofar says… time to get back to it.   It’s a spiritual wake up call that sounds every morning for the entire month of Elul (that’s now), and then, on Rosh HaShannah it is a trumpet proclaiming the yearly birth (rebirth) of creation and, if it works for you, the glory of the creator.        

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