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April 25, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
What do the Etrog and his bark have in common?
וּלְקַחְתֶּ֨ם לָכֶ֜ם בַּיּ֣וֹם הָרִאשׁ֗וֹן פְּרִ֨י עֵ֤ץ הָדָר֙ כַּפֹּ֣ת תְּמָרִ֔ים וַעֲנַ֥ף עֵץ־עָבֹ֖ת וְעַרְבֵי־נָ֑חַל וּשְׂמַחְתֶּ֗ם לִפְנֵ֛י יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֖ם שִׁבְעַ֥ת יָמִֽים׃
On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.
The Talmud teaches that the bark and fruit of the Etrog tree have the same taste. (Succah 35a)
This is because the bark and fruit have the same chemical composition.
Others say that the soft, green branches of a young Etrog tree have a similar taste to that of the Etrog fruit.
(Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch)
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