ROI and Jewlicious Festival alum Sasha Perry and I hung out the the “Shuk Arbat Haminim” today adjacent to the Machaneh Yehudah Market in Jerusalem. Every year, they set up this market to sell lulav’s and etrogs to a very animated crowd. Sasha interviewed Rabbi Shurin from Midreshet Rachel v’Chaya in Jerusalem who explained exactly what was with that swingy branchy thing and what it meant. Me? I took some pics. Enjoy!

And also check out this great interview with Shimon the Etrog vendor by the always lovely and entertaining Simone at

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.


  • If I may ask, how are etrogim acquired for the Sukkot after the shmitah year ends? Are the groves under heter mechirah? If so, from where do charedim who do not abide by it get theirs?