Feds’ fes­tive ad­di­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY SI­MON ROCKER

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 fam- ily 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.”

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