The Technology and Logistics Branch and the Military Rabbinate helped build sukkot and distributed the plants
The Technology and Logistics Branch, in conjunction with the Military Rabbinate, recently helped distribute thousands of sets of the traditional four species used for holiday blessings: the lulav, etrog, myrtle, and willow. Likewise, the two branches also built sukkot at IDF bases and outposts in honor of the holiday, which begins tonight (Sunday, September 30).
Maj. Rabbi Menachem Edri, the Technology and Logistics Branch’s rabbi, noted that this year saw an increase in the distribution of the four species. “We make sure to distribute the four species in sufficient quantities so that all interested in making the blessings will be able to do so easily. We make sure that each set comes elegantly wrapped and includes explanations of the laws regarding the four species and a book of the required blessings that be made on them and inside the sukkah,” explained Maj. Rabbi Edri.
Before the holiday, Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz met with Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and personally presented him with a set of the four species, in a time-honored tradition. The Chief Military Rabbi also met with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, wishing him a happy holiday and presenting him with his own set.