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Positive Commandment 169

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Positive Commandment 169 (Digest)
Taking the Four Species

"And you shall take for yourselves on the first day..."Leviticus 23:40.

We are commanded to take a lulav (palm branch) [along with willows, myrtles and a citron] and rejoice before G‑d on the seven days of the holiday of Sukkot.

Only in the area of the Holy Temple is this mitzvah biblically mandatory for the seven days of the holiday. In all other locations, the biblical obligation extends only to the first day of the holiday.

Women are exempt from this mitzvah.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
A man without a woman is not an "Adam" ("Man"). For it is written (Genesis 5:2), "Male and female He created them... and He called their name Adam"
  –Rabbi Elazer (quoted in the Talmud, Yevamot 63a)
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