Lulav and Etrog -

The Four Kinds


Sukkot is a weeklong Jewish holiday that comes five days after Yom Kippur. This year, Sukkot begins on October 9. Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection G‑d provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. We celebrate Sukkot by dwelling in a foliage-covered booth (known as a sukkah) and by taking the “Four Kinds” (arba minim), four special species of vegetation.  

What are the four kinds? A lulav (palm branch), aravot (two willows), hadassim (a minimum of three myrtles) and an etrog (citron). We take these four kinds, bring them together and make a blessing on them. 

Jewish unity is one of the central themes of Sukkot. The four kinds symbolize four types of Jews, with differing levels of Torah knowledge and observance. Bringing them together represents our unity as a nation—despite our external differences.

To learn more about the symbolic unity of the four kinds, click here.

The four kinds are available for purchase for $36. To purchase your own set of the four kinds please call Rabbi Yanki at 916-258-2418 or email All orders must be received by September 22.