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21 October 2016

Lulav Hebrew: לולב

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 This is a photo of the Four Species (ארבעת המינים) in Judaism. 
A Lulav is a closed frond of the date palm tree.  It is one of the Four Species used during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot/ סוכות.  The other species are the hadass (myrtle), aravah (willow) and etrog (citron).  When bound together they are referred to as the lulav.  

The biblical reference to the four species in Sukkot can be found in Leviticus Chapter 23, verse 40. The etrog is referred to as "Citrus fruit" (Etz Hadar), and the Lulav is referred to as "Palm branches" (Kapot t'marim).  Each species is said to Kabbalistically represent an aspect of the user's body; the lulav represents the spine, the myrtle the eyes, the willow the lips, and the etrog represents the heart.
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