Why are these specific species – the Etrog, Lulav, Haddasim and Aravot – the ones chosen for the mitzvah on Sukkot?
The Kabbalists offers us a fascinating answer. These species stand out from all others by virtue of the fact that they have a direct link to the divine “main power line” without any filters, intermediaries and administrators.
They thus empower us in extraordinary ways, including enabling us to triumph over every form of adversity and challenge.
Fascinatingly, the power of the palm (lulav) has carried over into the secular world – Roman culture, naval fleets, onto a coat of arms, and into the motto of the modern-day University of Southern California: PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT, loosely translated from the Latin as “let whoever earns the palm bear it.”
Grass and nature have a natural relationship with their Creator. The palm frond – the Lulav – holds the secret to a supra-natural relationship with our Creator
As hinted to in a romantic verse from Song of Songs: I said: Let me climb up (ehehleh) the palm tree, let me seize its boughs.
Ehehleh – a secretive and revealing word – is the acronym for Etrog, Aravah, Lulav, Hadas.