People gather S’chach סכך to build the roof of their Sukkah, ahead of the Sukkot holiday.Photo of the Day
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Gili’s Goodies, a Gush Etzion based company founded by Gail and David Ehrlich in 2001, has been in the business of connecting people from around the world with their family and friends living in Israel by sending “sweet hugs” of fresh baked goods, gift baskets and more.
Over the years, Gili’s Goodies has made it their “business” to distribute thousands of packages of “goodies” to Israeli soldiers from North to South in order to say thank you while bringing a smile to their faces around the holidays.
This Sukkot, Gili’s Goodies decided that rather than simply sending goodies donated by friends from around the world, they would also distribute sets of Lulavim and Etrogim to soldiers in places around Israel that do not have access to a nearby synagogue where sets are available.
“The chagim can be a lonely and difficult time for Israeli soldiers who are away from family and community. It’s important to let them know they are not forgotten and give them the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of lulav and etrog over the holiday of Sukkot,” says David Ehrlich.
Gili’s Goodies is making these sets available for purchase at a discounted rate of $25 per set and can be ordered via their website.
Interested U.S. donors can also receive a tax receipt for purchases of 8 or more sets by contacting Gili’s Goodies via email or by phone: (Toll free from U.S. and Canada) 1-866-721-7292, in Israel 052-263-1808Jewish Press Staff
It turns out this is what a mature esrog looks like, and the lemon-size fruits we’re all used to are baby esrogim, picked at a size that best fit in the palm of our hand. Only the Yemenites, I’m told, prefer the full-impact esrog, which, cone to think of it, could be used both for spiritual and security purposes (“A suspicious guy came up behind me so I knocked him down with my esrog.”).
Because of my relatively rare name, I’m always asked if I’m related in any way to the renowned Yanover Esrogim. I’m not. The Calabria esrog is named after the city of Genoa, Italy, which Jews pronounced as Yanova, and so the esrogim became Yanover (from Yanova).
My own namesake iss the town of Janow in Poland which couldn’t possibly sustain citrus orchards on account of the freezing winter.
You have to admire those Yemenites who pray every Sukkot day with a couple of kilos worth of Four Species in their hands. I’ll bet they smell good, though, and when you cook them after the holiday, it probably is actually edible.
I know it’s weird to be talking about Sukkot from this side of Yom Kippur, but I’ll do Yom Kippur tomorrow. For now, I’m dreaming of my first Sukkot back home.Yori Yanover