As the festival of Sukkot approaches, let us remember the beautiful teaching regarding the essence of this festival.
The Torah teaches, “And you should take for yourselves on the first day (of Sukkot) the fruit from the Hadar tree (Etrog), date palms (a palm branch), a branch of a braided tree (three myrtles), and willows of the brook (two branches from the willow tree), and you should rejoice before Hashem your God” (Leviticus 23:40).
With regards to the Festival of Sukkot, the Torah tells us that, “And the Lord spoke to Moses saying: Speak to the Children of Israel and tell them, the 15th day of this seventh month shall be the Festival of Sukkot – seven days for the Lord… for seven days, you shall present a burnt offering to the Lord…
On the first day, you shall take for yourself a fruit of the citron tree (etrog), a palm frond (lulav), myrtle branches (hadas) and willows (aravah). You shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. During these seven days each year, you shall celebrate to God. It is an eternal law for all generations that you celebrate in the seventh month.
Your Lulav set needs to last throughout the seven days of the festival. Here are some tips to help you keep everything fresh throughout the entire period:
1. The Hadassim and Aravot should be kept refrigerated for as long as possible from the time of purchasing your set. The Etrog must not be refrigerated. The Lulav does not need to be kept in the fridge either.