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October 05, 2006



The Talmud in gemara Succot talks about an "ethiopian esrog" and the inference is that it is a somewhat different species and/or possibly even a dark color. Therefore it is possible that different species were used in some communities until the minhag was universalized.

Joe in Australia

There is no doubt that the Jews of Josephus' day used citrons (etrogim) as their "pri etz hadar". There are plenty of coins and other illustrations of etrogim in conjunction with a lulav.


AVOCADO LIKE FRUIT?! how could Josephus say this??? the avocado is from the NEW WORLD, Josephus never even heard of the avocado!


This is not an entirely accurate description of the find. The evidence points to it being from the Persian period, post exilic and the beginning of the '2nd' temple.


Forget Josephus, and rabbinic tradition for that matter. The Torah could not be referring to the citron because citrus fruits were not indigenous to Canaan/Israel. What is more, "ethrogh" is not a pure Hebrew word, but derives from Persian. Hence, it is not found in the Hebrew Bible. "Pri-etz hadar" means the fruit of a fair tree," and seeing as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I think the Torah leaves it to our choice.

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