Russian synagogues to get free Sukkot paraphernalia

Friday, October 06, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
More than 3,000 sets of the four species for the Sukkot holiday are being sent, free of charge, to Jewish communities all over Russia.

The President of the Union of Jewish Congregations in Russia and the Commonwealth of States Lev Levayev has sent the special four species sets to 500 Russian synagogues and congregations.

The Four Species - a lulav (palm frond), etrog (citron), hadas (myrtle), and aravah (willow) - are symbols of the Sukkot holiday in accordance with the Biblical command of Leviticus 23:40. A full set is usually $20.

Meanwhile Eurasia’s largest Sukkah will host holiday events in Moscow. The construction of the giant Sukkah - more than 1,500 square meters - is also a Levayev project, together with Moscow's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar. Holiday lectures will be delivered there, together with meals and holiday celebrations - all at no charge.

For more about how Jews celebrate Sukkot, see the “Life in Israel” section at the bottom of this email.

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