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Hadass

Hadass (hadassim) is used on the Jewish holiday as a part of a lulav and is described as a branch of the myrtle tree. It is one of the four species that the Jews selected all over the world for the festival of sukkot. The other three are the lulav, aravot and the etrog. The main reason for taking of these four species is because of a Torah commandment, which is written in Leviticus 23:40. It is one of the greatest and most beautiful species that makes the mitzvah perfectly assembled and pleasant fashion.

Hadass (hadassim) is used on the Jewish holiday as a part of a lulav and is described as a branch of the myrtle tree. It is one of the four species that the Jews selected all over the world for the festival of sukkot. The other three are the lulav, aravot and the etrog. The main reason for taking of these four species is because of a Torah commandment, which is written in Leviticus 23:40. It is one of the greatest and most beautiful species that makes the mitzvah perfectly assembled and pleasant fashion.

Hadass is one of the species carefully chosen for the mitzvah. They have a pleasant smell but have no taste. Some explained and believe that the pleasant and lovely smell of the hadassim symbolizes for a Jew with good manners and deeds and the quality of kindness as well, but lack of Torah learning. Their leaves are in similar in shape of one of the parts of the human body which is the human eye. Hadass grows near the water sourcesand grows in three leaves’ row.

Three hadass branches are used in one’s lulav and are taken in sukkot. In assembling the lulav, you should put hadassim a little higher than the aravot then bound them all together. Mostly, these myrtle branches are put onto the holder’s right or in the right side of the lulav while on the left side is the aravot.

In choosing and purchasing a Hadassim or Myrtle Branches, these are the most important matter that you should remember:

  • A perfect myrtle branches must be consisting of fresh and green leaves and in perfect condition.
  • Myrtle branches should not be dried out.
  • You should make sure that there are three leaves budding in the same level or even row of the stem. Each leaf must be vertically or turn up covering the wood of the branch. None of the leaves should be gone astray.
  • The “meshulash” or three leaves should reach up each row to where the leaves overlap the bottom of the next upper row. Every of the line up of three leaves starts where the below one ends.
  • You should check the top of the twigs that it is not cut and the three leaves are perfect.
  • A least or smallest span of 9.5 – 12 inches is the length of a myrtle twig or a length of three handbreadths.

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Worthy of mention. Hadassim can be purchased here: http://www.gotetrog.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=9

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