Watch out for fake shofars

Jews everywhere will soon hear the blowing of the shofar, ushering in Rosh Hashanah and the “Days of Awe.”

Tonight begins the Jewish year 5769.

466689468_4e85209140.jpgBut not all shofars are kosher.

The Forward reports that there is a black market of sorts for fake shofars, horns that have not been hallowed in accordance with Jewish law.

A real shofar, for instance, must be one, whole piece. But some black-market horns have small pieces glued in place.

The article points out that if a synagogue gets hold of a fake, it may unknowingly use it for a long time.

One fellow who blows the shofar in Jerusalem told the paper: “It is difficult to overlook the irony that the shofar, of all things, a tool for repentance on the day when we atone for our sins, is being used to advance somebody’s personal wealth with disregard for ethics.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.