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  9/10/2012, Elul 23, 5772

Palm Growers: Lack of Egyptian Lulavs Should Not Matter


Between terror in the Sinai and a lack of communication between Israeli and Egyptian plant-protection agencies, prospects are dim for the importation of lulavs, bolts of palm leaves used for Sukkot observances, from the El-Arish area west of Gaza.

Avner Rotem, manager of date palms on religious Kibbutz Tirat Tzvi in the Beit She'an Valley, says that while imports account for some of the half million lulavs sold in Israel, Israeli-grown lulavs should be enough for the domestic and export markets, adding that there are halakhic (Jewish legal) problems with lulavs grown and processed in Egypt and the Palestinian Authority due to efforts to rush them to market. He says the merchants he sells to have been told to keep the prices at last year's levels and, noting the small amount of time between Yom Kippur and Sukkot, the public should buy earlier to avoid being exploited during the last-minute rush.