Saturday, September 25, 2010

Retired Arba Minim


After we have finished using the four species (lulav, etrog, hadas and aravah), we still treat them with respect. Their mitzvah is concluded, but they were mitzvah-items at one point.

Some extend this to the Hoshannot branches of Hoshana Rabbah as well, even though it was not used for a biblical mitzvah. One should not step on it, even if it is on the ground from its mitzvah use.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 664:8; Mishneh Berurah 664:28)

Chag sameach,

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