Friday 3 May 2013

The arba minim or Four Species for Sukkot

Etrog (citron)

From Wadi Natuf and the mixed forest we moved next to the cultivated area. Here one of the first things we saw was a Citron tree, an ETROG tree. The Etrog is one of the fruits used in the feast of Sukkoth. The etrog is an all year fruit. Four kinds of vegetation are used in this feast:
Etrog (citron): good fruit, good scent
Lulav (palm): good fruit, no scent
Hadassim (myrtle): strong scent, no fruit or taste
Aravot (willow): neither scent nor taste
These represent the four kinds of persons:
Those with good deeds as well as knowledge
Those with good deeds, but no knowledge
Those with no good deeds, but with knowledge
Those with neither good deeds nor knowledge.
All four types of people are needed; and so all four types of plants are represented at the feast of Sukkoth.

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