Air Travel With the Four Minim

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7 Responses

  1. Jewish Observer says:

    Can someone please find out whether there is any dispensation for those of us who travel with vats of herring.

  2. Moshe says:

    Although the TSA might allow them to be brought onto the plane, I don’t think that Israel allows travelers to bring the 4 species into the country for fear of insects and plant disease.

    I don’t know for sure, but a few years ago I was stopped at customs (before sukkos!) and was told to tell any of my friends that might be coming on Sukkos not to bring their lulav and esrog, as the customs officials don’t want to incinerate them, but they have no choice.

  3. Yossie says:

    Moshe,
    That is probably correct. Not only would you not be allowed to travel to Israel, you most likely won’t be able to travel to the USA with the Arba Minim. The TSA regulations are just stating that they are not on the prohibited list, like knives, guns or baby bottles. You would still be required to make sure your agriculture items are allowed into your destination country.

  4. cvmay says:

    Anyone traveling to Eretz Yisroel for the chagim, should be encouraged & required to purchase their 4 minim in Israel. Support the Israeli vendors, businesses and revitalize the economy.

  5. Jewish Observer says:

    “Anyone traveling to Eretz Yisroel for the chagim, should be encouraged & required to purchase their 4 minim in Israel. Support the Israeli vendors, businesses and revitalize the economy.”

    – “revitalize”?? as far as I know davka the economy is doing very well and is not a charity case these days. I am not sure you are helping the Israeli economy in the long run by reinforcing the stereotype that they are weak.
    – “Required”?? by whom? Should we require olim to buty all their appliances in Israel? Should we require succos visitors to buy all their food in Israel? your non live and let live approach makes me nervous.

  6. sima ir kodesh says:

    Hey Jewish Observer,
    When the prices are cheaper and the quality is the same or better, buy your minim in Eretz Yisroel, why not? This year being shmittah, the farmers of the esrogim groves were depending on a productive and financially fruitful yield, “revitalizing the economy”-we can use all the business we can get her in EY. Chag Sameach.

  7. Jewish Observer says:

    “When the prices are cheaper and the quality is the same or better, buy your minim in Eretz Yisroel, why not?”

    – why not is not the same thing as required. I am not required to say this. I just figured why not.

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