Palm Branches

Branching Out Beyond Egypt

New domestic, foreign suppliers of lulavim shaking up business, but prices still higher than last year.

10/11/2011
Staff Writer

Ever since the government of Egypt announced a ban on the export of date palm branches, life in the Sukkot business has been high-stress for everyone — but not David Wiseman.

A British-born Orthodox Jew transplanted to Dallas, Wiseman sells Sukkot’s ritual bundles of flora and has developed a domestic source of palm fronds, better known as the lulav, a key element in the foliage shaken and waved during observance of the harvest holiday.

Lulav merchant David Wiseman holding some rare domestic date palm branches. Courtesy of David Wiseman
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