Sunday, October 02, 2005

Seven Species - Seven Holidays

The following is something I thought of a few years ago. I asked around, but no one ever really had anything to add. At least it can be food for thought before this holiday season...

I've noticed a certain connection between each of the seven species of Eretz Yisrael and seven of the major holidays. Some are more obvious, others less so.

  • Rosh Hashanah - Pomegranate, as the custom to eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah
  • Yom Kippur - Fig, since Adam and Chava used fig leaves to cover the nakedness exposed by their first sin
  • Sukkot -- Date, the lulav is from the date tree
  • Chanukah -- Olive, the olive oil used to light the menorah
  • Purim -- Grape, wine plays a major role in both the Megillah and the customs of Purim
  • Pesach - Barley, the omer sacrifice brought first on Pesach is barley, "aviv" in Hebrew, and Pesach is in the month of Aviv
  • Shavuot - Wheat, the two loaves offering brought on Shavuot is from wheat

Has anyone heard something similar to this?