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Sterling Silver Etrog Box
Handmade Tallit Set by Yair Emanuel
Etrog / Jewelry box
The Sukkot Celebration
Sukkot is a joyous Jewish holiday lasting seven days. From Leviticus 23:34 we learn that “…On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Sukkot, seven days for the L-RD.” The Festival of Sukkot (also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, Day of Booths, or Day of Rejoicing) begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is the last of the Shalosh R’galim (three pilgrimage festivals), coming after Passover and Shavu’ot and has both an historical and agricultural significance. Historically, it commemorates the forty years of exile the Jews had after escaping from Egypt, wandering in the desert and living in temporary shelters. Agriculturally, it is a harvest festival when special meals are eaten together with families and friends. The meaning of “sukkot” is “booths”, referring to the temporary dwellings while wandering in the desert. “Sukkah” is the singular form of “sukkot”. Each family is directed to build a sukkah or temporary shelter and place themselves under the direct protection of G-d Almighty representing that in the final analysis, this protection is the only one that truly matters. The sukkah can be any size but must have at least two and a half walls covered with a material that will not allow the wind to blow it over. The roof must be made of a material called a sechach or “covering” that is made from something that grew from the ground and was cut, like tree branches, corn stalks, sticks etc. From Leviticus 23:40, “On the first day, you will take for yourselves a fruit of a beautiful tree, palm branches, twigs of a braided tree and brook willows, and you will rejoice before the L-RD your G-d for seven days.” Thus, an observance during Sukkot is to gather what is known as “Arba Minim”, or, the Four Species of Israel: • an etrog (similar to a lemon, native to Israel), known in English as a citron; • a palm branch (in Hebrew “lulav”); • two willow branches (“aravot”); and, • three myrtle branches (“hadassim”). Many observant Jews store the blessed etrog in a beautiful box as according to rabbinic tradition, was considered to be representative of the "fruit of goodly trees.To protect the etrog during the holiday, it is traditionally wrapped in silky flax fibers and stored in a special box, often made from silver. After the holiday, a common Ashkenazi custom is to save it until Tu Bishvat (the Jewish holiday known as “New Year of Trees”) and eat it in candied form