My M is for myrtle. Myrtle branches are one of the four species of plants that are needed for an ancient Jewish ceremony done during the week of the Sukkot holiday. Yesterday I took you into the yearly Four Species Market in Jerusalem. Let's go back again!
A "gingey" (generic name in Hebrew for all redheads) brings in another load of first-class myrtle branches.
The religious men know exactly what to look for to make sure the branches they buy are perfect.
The man with the gingey beard is holding branches of the willow tree, another of the four species.
The excellent and fun Jerusalemite blog features an interview with a veteran vendor at this shuk, if you'd like more detailed explanations.
The sign on the hadassim/myrtle reassures customers that the branches are "foreign produce." The year that just ended was a shmittah year as the Torah commands,
"But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath for God; you shall neither sow your field, nor prune your vineyard."