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On the first day there is a din of "lechem" ("to you") that the arba minim must belong to you. Many women will take the arba minim of their father or husband (or brother perhaps) in order to fulfill the mitzvah of arba minim.

Must they be careful to be koneh it in a way that it will be considered theirs (kol dinei "lechem")?

I realize this is rather simple and the dinim of lechem also apply to women. However a very big Rav today said he was in doubt about this since l'maseh women are not obligated from the mitzvah and seem to be fulfilling it as some what of a "minhag".

I would particularly appreciate any discussion or sources on this inyun of lechem in regards to women.

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The Orthodox shul where I davened on Sukkot had loaner lulavim that were used by both men and women. I used one of them and the person coaching me (he'd never seen me before so couldn't know I already knew what to do) didn't do anything special to transmit ownership temporarily. I didn't think to ask about it. – Monica Cellio Oct 2 '12 at 20:39
Just as a note, there are rabbeim who think women are chayev lulav. – Charles Koppelman Oct 3 '12 at 17:28
@Charles Koppelman Which Rabbonim? – Yehoshua Oct 3 '12 at 17:30
Is this based on it becoming a practice they have adopted? – Ze'ev Felsen Oct 4 '12 at 4:28
At my local Orthodox shul in DC, the rabbi asks all the women to bentch lulav (and I think presses on them a bit if they say no). – Charles Koppelman Oct 4 '12 at 21:59
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Birkey Yakov says a husband should be מקנה his 4 minim to his wife.


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