lulav 248.88 AJ.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
As preparations for Succot intensify, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority is
boosting its supervision and educational efforts in order to prevent people from
damaging trees and bushes by cutting branches off them for Succa roofing
(s’chach) and for the ritual use of the four species – lulavim (palm fronds),
hadassim (boughs with leaves from myrtle trees), aravot (branches with leaves
from willow trees) and etrogim (citrons) – at times in disregard of signs
prohibiting taking the branches or fruit.
Ahead of the holiday three
years ago, the chief rabbis issued a reminder that it is prohibited to
unlawfully obtained branches for succa roofing or to make a blessing on
the four species that were stolen. The rabbis also warned against buying
goods from a person who might have obtained his merchandise without the
permits, which would be against the law and most likely harm nature.
related news, Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon recently informed
Services Minister Ya’acov Margi that no shortage of palm fronds is
year, since the barriers to the import of the lulavim have been
Some 25 importers have been granted the appropriate
import more than 3.3 million palm fronds from the El-Arish area in