Last night, I purchased my (and two others) Lulav & Esrog (אתרוג) for the holiday of Sukkots. The past few years, basically since I have been married, I have rarely picked out my Lulav and Esrog. Why? Well, my father-in-law did, so I didn’t have to go on an airplane with it. This time, the father-in-law is coming to me, so I had the privilege of returning the favor.
This is why I had to go Sukkah shopping, bought after planning for the sukkah and found out it was two inches too long. Last night, I finished putting up the Sukkah (I’ll have pictures another day), but you can view the virtual Sukkah in Google Sketchup to get an idea of how it looks.
Back on the topic of the Esrog. I personally prefer an Esrog without a Pitom. The pitom is the top of the Esrog, where the little piece comes out. If it breaks off, which happens, then it is not “kosher.” If it grows without it, then it is kosher and you don’t run the risk of it breaking off. Here is a picture of one with the Pitom.
The pitom is on the left of this picture.
As you can see, it can break if dropped or handled wrong.
So I picked it up last night. Mine is currently very green. The guy I bought it from told me to put it in a paper brown bag with an apple. In a day or so, the green should fade more into yellow. Let’s see…