Oct 23, 2021

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The Israeli police on Sunday ‘caught’ a Jewish pilgrim who managed to smuggle the four species associated with the Sukkot (Festival of Booths) holiday.

One of the commandments that are unique to Sukkot is to take the Four Species at written in the book of Leviticus:

On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before Hashem your God seven days.(Leviticus 23:40)

According to the Gemara, the tractate of Sukkah ( 35a) explains the verse as follows: the “fruit of a goodly tree is an Etrog (citron); the branch of the palm tree is the Lulav; the “boughs of thick trees” are Hadasim (myrtle); and, the “willows of the brook” are Aravot (willow branches).