Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Lulav

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All week we are celebrating the Jewish festival of Sukkot (instructions begin in Leviticus 23:39).
Let us combine it with L-Day at ABC Wednesday.

Lulav! This Hebrew word לולב is the name for a ripe, green, closed frond from a date palm tree.
The man is meticulously examining the lulavim, deciding which one meets his standards and his budget.

Limes? Lemons?
No! These are etrogim. The etrog is the fruit of the citron tree.
Together with myrtle branches and willow branches, the lulav and the etrog make up the "four species" that are required for Sukkot.
You will enjoy reading about their rich symbolism.
While holding the plants together with both hands, you say the blessing and shake them above you, downward, in front of you, in back, and two both sides--showing that God is everywhere.
The leaves of the lulav make a nice snapping sound.
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But this should be done inside a sukkah, the temporary booth or hut we put up to "dwell in" during the week of Sukkot.
And, in the Diaspora at least, if you don't have or can't find a sukkah, Chabad will make sure you see their Sukkah Mobile at various obvious places.
The Chabadniks will make sure Jews perform the mitsva of eating in the sukkah and waving the lulav.

Look! Another Sukkah Mobile parked outside the Coliseum in Rome!
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The last two photos are borrowed from Chabad, with thanks. Thanks for all they do.
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21 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Dina, its incredible the stuff I learn on your blog.

btw - I received a blogging award and passed it on to you.

Dina said...

Yogi, thank you! I appreciate being counted among your blog-friends.

Leif Hagen said...

Every time I look at your blog, I get a little smarter! Wonderful photos and always interesting information! Shalom my friend!

Tumblewords: said...

Lovely! Always enlightening...

mirae said...

Dina dear, I love this ritual and symbolism that fluorishes from the earth.

have a beautiful day filled with love and light as usual.

Kris said...

Leviticus is such a funny old book!

Cloudia said...

What a joyous time. Citron!
The Hawaiian Kahuna (priest) waves the ti leaves in all directions blessing the house......sprinkiling salt water....

Aloha, Friend!

Comfort Spiral

Jama said...

I love visiting here, and learning more about your religion practices.

magiceye said...

that was pn interesting post

Pam said...

Can't wait to get back here to see what new things I can learn. Fascinating photos!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

The Sukkah mobile. If that doesn't eat all!

So nice to have this light hearted holiday after the more-serious high-holy days!

B SQUARED said...

It seems like there is a whole new world that you are showing us. Thank you.

Reader Wil said...

How wonderful, Dina! I've learnt so much from you. I shall try to remember all of it, but these days I have to write it down or better buy a book about those rituals. Maybe you can recomment one!

Turquoise Diaries said...

these are all very interesting. I should have to travel to your country and learn about it more soon..

Roger Owen Green said...

Leviticus is a fascinating book. Solid stuff along with things that are so off the wall for modern sensibilities.

Kay said...

I love all the customs you have and have had throughout history. It was fun to see the sukkah outside the Coliseum.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i understand that this has great religious significance, but i can't help wondering how strange it must look to the uninformed!

Grace and Bradley said...

Ever culture has its own special ceremony. Thanks for the interesting post and information.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Dina thank you your blog brings treasure into our lives XXX Don

Benikos place said...

looks so exotic to me :)

Nukke said...

That was so interesting !!!!!

Greetings from Finland :)