WHAT ARE THE DATES THIS YEAR OF SUKKOT?
Sukkot 2018 begins in the evening of Sunday, September 23rd 2018.
WHEN DO WE START TO DO THE MITZVAH OF SHAKING LULAV & ETROG?
We start the Mitzvah on the first day of Sukkot, Monday, September 24 from sunrise 6:06 am and each succeeding day of Sukkot (unless it is a Shabbos when the Lulav and Etrog are not shaken).
HOW IS THE MITZVAH DONE?
According to the Chabad custom, the Mitzvah is done in the following steps:
1. Pick up the Lulav in the right hand (if one is right handed, left handed people pick up the Lulav in the left hand)
2. Say the Bracha “… Al Netilat Lulav”
3. Pick up Etrog upright with the other hand (holding away from the Lulav)
4. Say the Bracha of “…Shehecheyanu” when doing the Mitzvah for the first time only
5. Join Etrog to Lulav, uniting all 4 kinds, and shake
WHAT ARE THE 4 KINDS/ DALET MINIM?
The 4 kinds, which need to be shaken are:
One Etrog (Esrog), one Lulav, two Aravot and three Hadassim. Only the amount of Hadassim may be increased for the sake of beautifying the Mitzvah. See Rambam, Laws of Sukkot and Lulav, Chapter 7, Law 7.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF A KOSHER LULAV AND ETROG?
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WHAT IS A ‘DERI LULAV?
A ‘Deri Lulav’ is hand picked, individually chosen, separately packed, guaranteed kosher to the most exacting standards.
HOW DO I BIND MY LULAV, HADASSIM & ARAVOT?
We are unique in that we exclusively provide a binding service, continuing the family tradition, by the trained Ash brothers. But if you do prefer binding the Lulav together on your own here is a detailed description how.
If this is your first time biding a Lulav, it can be tricky. The custom is to bind the Hadassim and Aravot to the Lulav with Lulav leaves—thus no foreign substance will separate between the Four Kinds and the hands of the person fulfilling the Mitzvah.
There is no single universally followed way of tying the Lulav. Different methods are employed in different communities. But it is customary to have three Lulav-leaf ring ties around the Lulav, symbolizing our three Patriarchs. As such, in addition to the ring with which the holder is fastened, (at least) another two rings are fastened around the Lulav’s midsection
In most communities, the three kinds are bound together by way of a special holder woven of lulav leaves, which slides up the bottom of the Lulav and has pockets for the Hadassim and Aravot. This holder is then securely tied to the Lulav with a strip of Lulav leaf. The Hadassim should be placed in the pocket to the right of the person holding the Lulav (as he will be shaking it on Sukkot), and the Aravot to the left. The thickish green exterior of the Lulav’s spine should be facing the person.
Handmade woven baskets can be purchased through us as well as the rings to assist in tying it all together.
Chabad custom is to bind the Lulav on the day prior to the holiday, while in the Sukkah. In addition, Chabad custom is not to use the woven baskets, but rather to tie the Hadassim and Aravot directly to the bottom of the Lulav using three Lulav-rings (all bound within the span of one handbreadth from the bottom of the Lulav).
First, two Lulav-rings are tightened around the midsection of the Lulav itself — both rings are tied to a place on the Lulav which will be covered by the soon to be added Hadassim and Aravot.
One Aravah is placed on the right of the Lulav (meaning, to the right of the person holding the Lulav) and one on the left. Then, one Hadas is placed on the right of the Lulav and one on the left (somewhat covering the aravot), and a third Hadas is placed in middle — along the spine of the Lulav bending towards the right side. Once these are all in place, they are all bound together with the three Lulav rings at the bottom.
HOW SHOULD I TREAT MY LULAV AND ETROG?
Lulavim and Etrogim, like all perishables, need to be treated gently.
Once the lulav is made with the Hadassim and Arovot attached, the optimal method for preserving the Lulav and its kinds is to spray attached Hadassim and Arovot with water and keep in closed aluminium foil only.
We do not recommend a damp cloth to be used.
The Etrog, like all citrus fruit, can last some time out of the fridge; in fact it will probably be better off. You can leave it in the box provided with the fancy cushion etc. It is sensible to keep it in a position away from little children. If your Etrog is damaged it may no longer be kosher.
DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?
Yes, I do ship from Melbourne to International locations. Please contact me for more information.
Rabbi Pinchas Ash
H: 03 9527 3075
M: 0430 770 116
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We currently take Direct Bank Transfers online with our website.
Account Name: Pinchas and Sue Ash
Account number: 649267
The other option is to bring cash when you pick up your set of Lulav and Etrog