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Shuki and Tuki at the Esrog Orchard

Rochel Gross

Many Yidden are happy to pay a small fortune to purchase an esrog mehudar — an esrog that is especially beautiful and halachically as perfect as possible. To discover how an esrog grows and why it is such a costly item, we’re off to Be’er Yaakov, a little town in Eretz Yisrael, to visit Chibas Yerushalayim. Reb Mendel Katz is happy to give us a fascinating tour of his plant, where he grows esrogim of the “Chazon Ish variety.”

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hi, I’m Shuki, remember me? I have a riddle for you: What fruit is yellow, sour, looks similar to a lemon, but can cost hundreds of times more than a lemon? Of course, you all know the answer: an esrog. The esrog has both a good taste and aroma and symbolizes the Yid who has Torah and maasim tovim. Many Yidden are happy to pay a small fortune to purchase an esrog mehudar — an esrog that is especially beautiful and halachically as perfect as possible. To discover how an esrog grows and why it is such a costly item, we’re off to the esrog growers “Chibas Yerushalayim” in Be’er Yaakov, a little town in Eretz Yisrael, where Reb Mendel Katz is happy to give us a fascinating tour of his plant, where he grows esrogim of the “Chazon Ish variety.” 

 

 

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