Battling logistical difficulties exacerbated by unrest in some of the chief palm branch exporters of the world, the Chabad-Lubavitch run Aleph Institute successfully dispatched sets of the biblically-mandated Four Species to Jewish service members stationed around the world for the holiday of Sukkot.

The sets, which contained a special palm branch known in Hebrew as a lulav, myrtle twigs, willow branches and a citron known in Hebrew as an etrog, arrived at bases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Bahrain, Korea and Japan, and on various ships at sea in time for the beginning of the holiday last Wednesday night. Because they were sent before the Jewish New Year, the organization sent extra myrtle twigs and willow branches in case some dried out in transit.

Each day of Sukkot, celebrants make a blessing on the Four Species, which tradition teaches symbolizes the unity of the Jewish people.

“Just received the lulav and etrog,” Capt. Warren Gross informed Aleph in an e-mail from the Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. “It will be used by all of [the] Jewish soldiers, and we cannot tell how much it means for us and our [holiday].”