"Succot Holiday Market in Bnei Brak" Tel Aviv District Local Custom Tip by iblatt
Tel Aviv District Local Customs: 6 reviews and 5 photos
Succot is one of the Jewish festive holidays celebrated in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which may fall either in September or October. One of the most important religious customs in Succot is saying the blessings on the "Four Species". These are the citron, palm branch, myrtle twigs and willow branches.
The origin of this custom is the law mentioned in the Old Testament: "On the first day [of Succot] you shall take the product of citrus trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before God for seven days."
Bnei Brak is a city in the Tel-Aviv District with a vast majority of very orthodox religious Jews. Before the holiday of Succot each year there is a big market for buying the Four Species. Every religious Jew buys a set of these, and tries to obtain the best and "healthiest" looking items.
Visiting the Bnei Brak Foue Species Marketplace is an interesting experience. You hear the sellers proclaiming their merchandise and praising it, and you see the many buyers scrutinizing every leaf of the myrtle twig, holding the palm branch and eyeing it to see if it is really as straight as it is supposed to be, and examining the citron to make sure it does not have the slightest flaw. The citron itself costs between $12-18.
Finally, having chosen the Four Species items and before actually making the purchase, many buyers go into a small crowded pavilion where they can consult their rabbis about the items they are about to buy.
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