Monday, October 01, 2012
Secret Succot mission to supply Jews in Arab lands
An Israeli Druze MP has been helping get Succot supplies - notably wine - to Jews in Arab countries. Arutz Sheva can't tell you who took what to whom and where - it's all too sensitive - so just take their word for it!
An unidentified rabbi and a Jew from an Arab country have completed a secret and dangerous mission to bring wine and the”four species” to Jews in Muslim nations, which have made life difficult for them.
Wine is prohibited by Muslims, and most Arab countries do not maintain diplomatic ties with Israel, which would allow importing “lulavim, etrogim, hadasim and aravot,” the four species that Jews hold together during blessings on the festive holiday of Sukkot.
Likud Knesset Member Ayoob Kara, who is a member of the Druze faith, told Arutz Sheva that as Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee, his work brings him into contact with people in Arab countries.
"Before Sukkot, Jews in Arab nations asked me for several important items they do not have, such as wine, lulavim and etrogim,” MK Kara said.
The MK contacted a rabbi, who is not connected with the Office of the Chief Rabbi and whose name remains anonymous, for obvious reasons. The rabbi was able to carry the products abroad and meet with a Jewish emissary from Arab countries, whose name also cannot be published.
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The Times of Israel reveals that the countries in question are (non-Arab) Iran and Syria