Will There Be Enough Lulavim for Sukkot?
Looks like not. The lulav shortage has required diplomatic measures. After years as the world’s primary supplier of lulavim, Egypt has said that it will no longer provide the leaves to the U.S., Israel, and beyond, on horticultural, rather than political grounds.
“We’ve got everybody on the case, and I told them to shake a leg,” Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) told JTA, pun intended.
Ackerman has raised the issue in meetings with the Egyptian ambassador to the United States and America’s ambassador to Egypt, and says he also has put a call in to Osama el Baz, a top political adviser to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
People have since frantically looking to other places–Jordan, Arizona, California–to see if they can make up the difference.
ETA: Okay, check the comments, looks like the cartel has been busted.