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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.”

 

Lessons for Life: Heavenly Protection

Rochel Gross

During Musaf on Yom Kippur, we read about the Asarah Harugei Malchus — the ten Tannaim killed by the wicked Romans. The Gemara and the Zohar say the tears we shed over the deaths of these great Sages atone for our sins. It is not difficult to weep when reading the stories of their tragic deaths. Here we bring you the story of one of them — the holy Tanna, Rabi Chanina ben Teradyon.

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