Gaza farmers lose $1 million from Hamas lulav ba

Monday, October 10, 2011

Gaza farmers lose $1 million from Hamas lulav ban

The report makes it clear that Hamas’ reasons have nothing to do with any tree disease and everything to do with inconveniencing Jews.

By the way, if they are really losing $1 million and they planned to export 100-200,000 lulavim, that is quite a profit they would have been making! My understanding is that the usual wholesale price to farmers is closer to $3 each than $5-$10.

Important Information Regarding Shipping for Sukkot 5774


Orders placed from Wednesday September 10th 2013 CDT onwards will not be accepted unless confirmed beforehand by direct phone contact – 469 939 5596

Due to the narrow window of time we operate in, we have little margin for error and so in order to ensure you get your lulav and esrog in the best condition and at the best time, we ask that you partner with us by reading and understanding what follows:

  1. Succos starts the evening of Wednesday 18th September 2013. Lulav bundles must be assembled prior to the onset of Yom Tov, although they will not be used until Monday morning. Please see HERE for assembly instructions.
  2. Orders placed through THIS web site will be sent out on Monday September 16th 2013 using the overnight service. Aravos should arrive in reasonable condition but we encourage everyone to grow their own locally – click here to see how easy it is.  Because of this year’s calendar we will not be offering two day service this year through this web site since the package could arrive after Yom Kippur or Shabbat starts.
  3. When placing your order, please be sure to supply a valid email address so that we can send you a tracking number. Please also be sure to include your contact phone numbers, including cell phone number.
  4. Make sure the physical delivery address is a place where someone is available to receive the package at the time it is expected to arrive. ALL PACKAGES will be sent without signature confirmation.
  5. TRACK your package on the morning of September 17th by going online to or calling UPS at 1-800-PICK-UPS (1-800-742-5877). If your package is not in the system, or if you have not received a tracking number by then, please call us immediately. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL Wednesday 18th September to call us as we may not be able to correct any issues.
  6. When you receive your package please open it immediately and check it is in good order. If not please call us immediately so that we can take steps to remedy the situation. Please store the willow and myrtle, and the lulav (if possible) in the refrigerator.
  7. If your package has not arrived by 5pm on Tuesday September 17th, please call UPS. You are responsible for tracking the package again (see step 6) and then calling UPS at 1-800-PICK-UPS (1-800-742-5877). We will not be able to take calls later than noon Central Time on Wednesday 18th September to track packages. If something is missing or damaged we will try to remedy it if you call us before noon Central Time, but we will not guarantee that we can.

Orders placed through our partner The Esrog Grove were sent September 11th by 2 day service. If you ordered through them you must address any problems about delays or other mishaps through them.

As of Friday 13th September, all orders must be placed through THIS web site. Please call us first to make sure we have sufficient quantity – 469 939 5596.

Trick or Treat – Halloween or Sukkot?

posted on Arutz Sheva

Trick or Treat – Halloween or Sukkot?

Only in America: A black church leader uses the Lulav and Etrog for services on Halloween. “It helps keep children off the streets.”

By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

First Publish: 10/31/2012, 9:20 PM



Yoni Kempinski

It may be kosher even if not Jewish, but an American black church choir leader uses the Jewish “Four Species” of Sukkot for church services because both holidays fall in the autumn and because it helps keep children off the streets.

The bizarre combination of the sacred Jewish symbols with the pagan holiday began in recent years when the woman, whose name is not being published, contacted Dr. David Wiseman, a research scientist who deals with etrogim, one of the “Four Species.”

He had been growing the citrus fruit in his back yard orchard, bringing the trees inside during the winter so the fruit would not be destroyed by frost. Dr. Wiseman entered the “lulav and etrog business” following a 2005 shortage of lulavim from Egypt, the major suppler for Israel, and he established his Zaide Reuven Esrog Farm, which actually is a virtual farm.

On principle, he did not want to import Egyptian-grown lulavim, which are the main source for Israel and elsewhere, and developed a source in California.

Dr. Wiseman, formerly of London and now living in Dallas, Texas, told Arutz Sheva that before he agreed to supply the religious items to the church, he received permission from rabbis after they decided there was no violation of Jewish principles by the use of the Four Species in church.

“I received the call from a lady from a black Pentecostal church in Newark, New Jersey, who said she was desperate for etrogim,” said Dr. Wiseman.

“I asked her why she wanted them, and she said it was for her church,” Dr. Wiseman relates. “I got a little nervous and asked what she would be doing with the etrogim. She replied that her church does not like Halloween because it so pagan, and instead of all the ‘trick or treat’ and costumes, she wanted to do something more biblical and make it a fall festival. They also wanted to keep the kids off the street and conduct Bible study.”

Dr. Wiseman said she figured that there was no better way to celebrate the fall festival than adopting customs from Sukkot, which is a time of the harvest after the summer and known in English as the Feast of Tabernacles.

Sukkot usually falls in mid-to-late September or early October. “Okay, so they were three weeks late,” laughs Dr. Wiseman. “Who’s counting?”

He said the church choir leader continues to call every year, and she ordered 20 sets of  the Four Species last year. The Four Species include the etrog and the lulav, part of the date tree, as well as “hadasim” and “avarot.”

He was able to come up with the supplies, although most of the Four Species had wilted to the point that they no longer were “kosher,” i.e. fit for use on Sukkot.

The church apparently is getting more involved with the Jewish holiday and studying Sukkot more seriously. Last year, one church actually built a sukkah inside the church, although during the actual holiday a sukkah is not considered “kosher” if placed inside a building under a roof.

The church members and children sang and danced while waving the palm branches.

One order from a Christian for the Four Species requested a strictly kosher set, including a certification that they were suitable according to the custom of the Torah sage Chazon Ish.

Dr. Wiseman also has used his expertise as a research scientist to write a scholarly book called “The Esrog,” which is a treatise but which also includes recipes and the laws of Sukkot.

How to make Lulav Rings – The Poster and Video

So far we have made over 1200 lulav rings for the upcoming season. To celebrate, we prepared this amazing poster that you can print off and hang on your wall. The dimensions are 23.39″ x 33.11″ and a color print of this at Staples costs about $1.  Still stuck? We also prepared a video explaining the ring-tying procedure (below).


Click for Poster-Size Resolution of picture

This poster may is for personal, synagogue, or educational use only and may not be sold or used to promote any business.


Lulavim this year? Zaide Reuven’s Esrog Farm leads the lulav supply

Zaide Reuven’s Esrog Farm once again leads with the lulav supply.

Our decision last year to completely abandon the the use of Egyptian lulavim turned out to be a good. one.  We had plenty of beautiful lulavim without the panic shown by major suppliers who called us just before Rosh Hashana asking us to get for them 100,000 lulavim – because they realised that they were unlikely to get any lulavim from Egypt. Some did hit the streets of New York just after Yom Kippur but only after the some very colorful stories about what happened in Egypt as well as a hold up in US Customs in NY relieved only by the last hour intervention of congressmen. The price was $7 or $8 for a lulav that was not very good. I don’t want to say I told you so, but I told you so.

Events in Egypt continue to worsen the prospects for Egyptian lulavim and suppliers seem to be worried.   When will people learn to stop looking for a metzia in Mitzraim instead of a yetzia from Mitzraim? Some of the supply will be alleviated by increased production in Israel as well as California. But there are no logistics on the ground in California, except perhaps for what we have set up.  Some people see this as a way to make a quick buck and are trying to broker all kinds of deals. But it is clear from the calls that we are getting that they have no clue about what kinds of lulavim will be cut, how they will be sorted, stored, packed or shipped and what the eventual quality will be.

So the wholesale price for a lulav could again reach $8. Will you be able to get one for $3? Perhaps, but by the time you have thrown out the ones that are no good because, simply put, no one knows what they are doing, this will cost you close the $8.

We, on the other hand have our supply, we have logistics and we know what it is we will be getting. If you are serious about investing in the establishment of a long term supply of quality lulavim and a logistical infrastructure, please contact us. We will also have a selection of lower grade Israeli Deri lulavim that will ceratinly exceed the quality of the Egyptian lulav.