Feds’ festive addition

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2008

For the first time, the Federation of Synagogues has supervised sets of arba minim (lulav and etrog) for Succot.

The head of the Federation Beth Din, Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, travelled to Morocco recently with an inspector to examine etrogim and myrtle leaves.

"I was approached by a religious family called Tidghi," he said. "They live in France although part of the family still lives in Morocco, in Agadia, on the coast, and they are in the business of supplying etrogim."

As well as the etrogim, cultivated from stock that originally grew wild in the mountains, they have added myrtles to their repertoire.

"One of the beauties of Moroccan etrogim," the dayan explained, "is that there is no grafting go on. A lemon and an etrog are easily married, but you can't use a hybrid for Succot."

Last updated: 4:35pm, October 16 2008