Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Four Species

Thursday, September 24th, 2015 12:58 pm
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In a few days time it will be Succos, concerning which the Torah says:

Leviticus 23:40 ויקרא כג מ
And you shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. וּלְקַחְתֶּם לָכֶם בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן פְּרִי עֵץ הָדָר כַּפֹּת תְּמָרִים וַעֲנַף עֵץ־עָבֹת וְעַרְבֵי־נָחַל וּשְׂמַחְתֶּם לִפְנֵי ה׳ אֱלֹהֵיכֶם שִׁבְעַת יָמִים׃

Here in northern Europe, one doesn't exactly find palm or citrus trees growing, so we have to import these at some expense, but in the southern Mediterranean in which Judaism originated, it's quite a different matter. [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m and I were recently in the beautiful Kolymbetra Gardens in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily; and, seeing a section devoted to citrus trees, got excited at the thought of seeing esrogim growing on trees. When we found in turn each one of the Four Species, we wanted to find a rabbi to check if they were kosher, but since there were no rabbis around, we asked a rabbit instead.

The Four Species, illustrated with rabbit photos )

Now that we've got all four species, we bind the last three together with willow leaves, with the myrtle on the right and the willow on the left, take them in our right hand paw, with the citron in our left, and wave them like so:

[photo]

Chag sameach!

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