Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mitzvah #107 - The 4 Species on Sukkoth

It's a Mitzva to pick up a Lulav, Etrog, 3 Hadasim and 2 Aravot on the first day of Sukkoth.

The 4 species need to be held the right way up - in the direction they grow.

All 4 species must belong to oneself; borrowed and stolen ones are invalid.

The Rabbis decreed that one shake the 4 Species on all days of Sukkoth besides for Shabbat.

On Chol HaMo'ed one may use a borrowed set of the 4 Species.

Parents have a Rabbinic Mitzva of Chinuch (education) to ensure their boys old enough to handle the 4 Species also shake them.

Applies to males, always, everywhere

Verse: "And you shall take on the first day...." (Vayikra 23:40)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 36

Shabbat Shalom

- Danny
Thursday, 18 Adar 5770

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