Over 90% of the crop of Calabrian etrogs — favored by the Chabad movement — was destroyed by winter snow, creating the worst shortage in memory.
— The Italian government said that the export of Italy-grown etrog fruits to Russia will not be affected by sanctions imposed by the Europe…
The etrog is a relatively new crop in the Negev desert, where it is being grown by a handful of ex-settlers from the Gaza Strip.
Your beautiful, exorbitant, Israeli-imported lulav and etrog are killing the environment, Jordie Gerson writes. And who needs the racket?
Why the Jews want etrogs, Mohammed Douch does not entirely understand. What he does know is that they are his main customers.
Sukkot and Simchat Torah have slowly but surely evolved into a time of year when the envelope is pushed when it comes to women’s participation, even in Orthodox communities.
Who would pay $350 for a single fruit? Orthodox Jews roam the back streets of Brooklyn’s Hasidic neighborhood to find the perfect etrog for Sukkot.
Nothing is more associated with the holiday of Sukkot than the etrog, the lulav with its willow and myrtle branches. But in the Bible, the identity of three of these four species is unclear.
At dawn, before the summer heat starts baking the countryside, groups of bearded men with black kippas descend upon the citrus groves that dot the coast of Calabria, in southern Italy.
Yoni Wattenshtein’s brothers were out till 2 or 3 A.M., stocking up on the four species central to the observance of the holiday, and preparing to sell them in markets that spring up across Israel in the days leading up to the weeklong celebration.