Students at the Aleph Bet Hebrew School, an affiliate of LYA, recently participated in a shofar factory in anticipation of Rosh Hashana. “After seeing what goes in to producing a shofar, these students will be excited to hear the shofar in synagogue,” explained Lavy Kosofsky, who ran the factory. “It is a great opportunity to show children that Judaism can be meaningful and fun at the same time.”
The factory began with an introduction to the mitzvah of the shofar. The students learned what makes a shofar kosher, which animal horns can be used for a shofar, and the reason why a shofar is blown on Rosh Hashana. Next, with the assistance of parents and teachers, they measured and sawed the end of their horns, and drilled through the horn to create a mouthpiece for the shofar. Finally, they tested their shofars by attempting to sound them. Each student ended the factory with a fully functioning shofar to bring home.