There’s a Midrash that the four species for Sukkot represent four types of Jews based on taste (learned in Torah) and fragrance (performs good deeds):
- Etrog (citron): has both taste and fragrance, one who is both learned in Torah and performs good deeds
- Lulav (palm): has only taste but not fragrance, one who is learned in Torah but doesn’t perform good deeds
- Hadas (myrtle): has only fragrance but not taste, who is not learned in Torah but does perform good deeds
- Arava (willow): has neither taste nor fragrance, one who is neither learned in Torah nor performs good deeds
I’m interested in the connection between Hadassah (Esther) from the Purim story and the hadas within the lulav. Specifically, was Hadassah named as such because while she was not learned in Torah, she was a righteous woman whose deeds saved her people from annihilation?
I might be grasping at straws, but this feels like one of those thoughts you get in the shower that might be onto something.