No Lulavim from Sinai for Sukkos

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lulavimTroubled relations between Israel and Egypt have affected the upcoming Yom Tov of Sukkos, as the rift between the governments stopped the planned import of lulavim from the Sinai Peninsula before the Yom Tov.

For years, lulavs from el-Arish were sold in Israel ahead of the chag, but this year it appeared this would not happen, Times of Israel reports.

Tension between the Muslim Brotherhood-led government in Egypt and its Israeli counterpart, along with the tense security situation in Sinai, led to communication breakdowns between the various departments across the border, the report said.

Sinai-grown lulavim are usually cheaper than locally grown ones, which helped reduce market cost of the closed lulavim.

There should be enough homegrown  lulavim, Avner Rotem of Kibbutz Tirat Zvi said. The religious kibbutz, located near Beit She’an, produced hundreds of thousands of  lulavim  in 2011, and Rotem said the number had grown by tens of thousands this year.

“There are enough [lulavs] of local produce,” Rotem said, “and this year will prove it.”

He warned, though, that some people could take advantage of the situation and try to profit from it. A price hike would most likely take place on the days between Yom Kippur and Sukkos, he warned, and called for people to buy earlier.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

6 COMMENTS

  1. Who cares the el arish lulavim are such bad quality tgat many people stopped buying them . Even the ones that were free
    Were not being given free anymore since they started to cost too much

  2. lets do VOS MOT GETIN IN DER HEIM: IN BAIS HAMEDRISH IS GEVEN DREI ESROGIM UN DREI LULOVIM:
    UN MEN HOT DORTEN GEBENCHED ESROG UN LULOV

  3. I agree with you %100. Wait till about a month before Pesach & they will suddenly “claim”, there was a problem with the wheat in Bangladesh, so the price of Matzah’s will have to triple!

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