Q. I recently visited some Asian countries where I saw people sweeping the streets with home-made brooms made of branches. Could one use an old lulav for this purpose?
It does not seem right, though, not to make a broom out of a used lulav, which might be seen as a downgrading of material which had been invested with a degree of holiness.
The Talmud (Sukkah 31) reports Rava’s view that a lulav used for idolatry could not be used for the festival mitzvah. Rashi says that an example of using a lulav for idolatry is making it into a broom to sweep up in front of the idol.
Other examples are using the lulav in an idolatrous ceremony or burning it as fuel for an idolatrous altar.