Several arba minim related thoughts:
(1) If our local email discussion group is any indication, the Shiputzim sons are among the very small minority of boys and young men in our neighborhood who are NOT selling arba minim…
(2) Growing up in the States, most boys – including my brothers (who will – I’m sure - correct me if I’m wrong :-)) - didn’t get their own 4 minim until they were relatively old. (YZG was the exception to the rule, because his father was in charge of supplying 4 minim to their entire community.)
Yet, here in Israel, where prices are significantly lower, even young kids have their own sets.
For instance, we start purchasing sets for our boys as soon as they commit to coming to shul every morning (i.e. 3rd or 4th grade).
(3) And finally, as you may recall, after shmitah, our aravah tree was extremely overgrown, and thus, immediately after Succot, we pruned the tree.
based on my training and well-deserved reputation as an internationally-acclaimed gardening expert, as further proof of my ignorance, I believed that we had cut off way too much. Indeed, I was convinced that this year, we wouldn’t even have enough aravot for ourselves.
shockingly, to no one’s surprise but my own, the aravot soon grew back, and B”H, we once again are blessed with a bumper crop:
And so, I reiterate our offer from last year: We would be glad to provide any readers who happen to be near TRLEOOB* with aravot. If you are interested, please contact us at OurShiputzim at gmail dot com.
*TRLEOOB=the real life equivalent of our blog