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Etrog (citrus fruit) – translated as “the most magnificent fruit”, mentioned in the Book of Vayikra, symbolizes the magnificence of the fruits at the end of the season, during the gathering of fruits, on the days of the holiday Sukkot. The holiday of Sukkot is one of the essential Judaic holidays when they recall the difficulties of the life of the Jews in the desert, described in the Bible. These days it is customary to build a hut on the street, a Sukkot, and live, or at least have a meal in it, as a reminder of the wandering of the Jews in the Sinai desert (the book Shmot).
The bitter-sour taste of etrog corresponds to the symbolic image of those hard days
The commandments to be in a Sukkot in all generations were given a lot of explanations, for example, that by setting a hut near the house, Jews joined those who had been wandering in the desert for forty years, and then came to Eretz Yisrael, cultivated this land and rejoiced at the fruits she gave. According to another interpretation, the meaning of the commandment is that a person should remember about poverty, even being rich, and not become proud.
In Sukkot perform a special ritual – “the ascension of the Lulav”
Lulav is called a palm leaf, included in a set of four plants. It is customary to bless and raise all four types of plants, each of which symbolizes a specific kind of people. Etrog, possessing both taste and smell, are Jews who know the Torah and do good deeds. The leaf of the date palm tree that gives fruit is sweet but odorless, are the Jews who know the Torah, but do not do good deeds. Myrtle is an inedible plant, but it smells good – these are Jews, from which, as a fragrance, good deeds proceed. The plant willow, which has neither taste nor smell, is the Jews who do not know the Torah and don’t do good deeds. Nevertheless, God united all of them in one bouquet – one people, to help, enlighten and answer for each other.
According to a different interpretation, each of the plants is a specific part of the human body
The etrog is the heart, the thin and straight palm leaf is the spine, the myrtle with its oval leaves is the eyes, and the willow is the mouth. Together, they make up a person who is wholeheartedly devoted to Creator. The etrog box is specially made for use in religious ceremonies of the Jewish holiday Sukkot. An etrog is placed in the box (vessel) for storing and protecting the tender fruit during the seven days of the Sukkot festival, which is transferred from the house to the synagogue and back.
Some Jewish families keep the etrog in the box until next year
Then, the already dried fruit of the etrog is placed in a small box. These boxes are a must-have holiday item. They are suitable for keeping your etrog in Sukkot. The variety of boxes for the etrog will undoubtedly impress with its complex, hand-painted oriental design and a beautiful and elegant lacquered finish.
Here you can buy:
- Quality Judaic imitation leather Etrog box with handle and crochet.
- Beautiful Etrog box with dark blue velvet.
- Elegant wooden box.
- Sterling Silver Etrog Box.
- White and Ebony Etrog Jewelry Box.
- Wood Etrog box with a silver colored plate.
- Leather Etrog box.
- Yair Emanuel wood etrog box with Jerusalem depictions and other boxes.
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