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ASHKE­NAZI Jews have the cus­tom to use their lulav from Suc­cot as fuel for the chametz fire. Some also use the wicks saved from Chanu­cah.

The idea of re­cy­cling a mitz­vah prop comes from a tal­mu­dic story (Ber­a­chot 39b): Rav Ami and Rav Assi found a loaf of bread that had been used for a par­tic­u­lar Shab­bat reg­u­la­tion. They de­cided to make a bless­ing over the bread and eat it, rea­son­ing, “Since one mitz­vah was done with this loaf, let us do an­other.”

Such is the love for the com­mand­ments that these rab­bis will not miss the chance to re-use some­thing that was once cru­cial to a mitz­vah.

Nowa­days we know we can­not sim­ply throw things away with­out giv­ing a thought to where they end up. Re­cy­cling a re­tired lulav is a way of tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity not only for how pre­cious stuff en­ters our life but also for how it makes its exit.

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