2nd Grade Field Trip – Shofar Factory

In preparation for the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, our second graders traveled to a “Shofar Factory” in Columbia, MD.  Upon their arrival, Rabbi Baron began a discussion of which animals are considered kosher, permitting their horns to be used as a shofar.  The children learned that in order for an animal to be kosher it must have split hooves and chew its cud.  They were shown an actual deer hoof in order to demonstrate the meaning of a split hoof.  The rabbi then explained the distinction between an animal horn or antler which is solid (keren) and a hollow animal horn (shofar).  The children were given the opportunity to handle a set of deer antlers, which are an example of a solid set of horns.

The students  were then given a hands-on demonstration in the process of making a shofar.  Each class returned to school with their very own shofar which they will continue to sand and polish in the coming days.