Poll: Wanna Shake the Lulav?

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It’s almost Sukkot, which means that in a few days Chabad emissaries will take to the streets and not-so-covertly ask: You Jewish?

If the answer is “yes,” they’ll ask you if you want to shake the lulav — the holiday’s ritual du jour. As a general rule, I am a fan of Chabad; but as a general rule I’m also leery of public displays of religion and a little embarrassed by the tribalism of the “You Jewish?” question.

Last year I got particularly queezy when a Chabdnik rolled through my NYC subway car with added aggression and a parting shout-out to the imminent End of Days.

That being said, I will likely shake the lulav with Chabad at some point during the holiday. And I’ll appreciate the opportunity. So I’m curious: What do you guys think about this annual lulav-shaking agenda?

Posted on September 24, 2007

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