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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #8

One discolored dot on the top of the Esrog invalidates the Esrog. The top of the Esrog is defined by where the Esrog begins to slant. Two such dots on any other part of the Esrog invalidates. However, for these dots to cause an invalidation they must be seen when holding the Esrog at a more »

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #7

Discoloration of the Esrog can make it invalid. White, black, dark brown, and dark green are colors that can make an Esrog invalid. Please see tomorrow’s post to understand the parameters of when such a dot makes an Esrog invalid.

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #6

One may use an Esrog whose pittum fell off on Chol Hamoed if no other Esrog’s are available.

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #5

All Esrogs grow with a pittum but many fall off as it grows. If the pittum falls off after it is harvested it is invalid. If a little bit of wood of the pittum remains it may be used.

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #4

If any part of the stem of the Esrog is missing it is invalid to be used on the first day of Sukkos. The same is true if any part of the flesh is missing (see Laws #3). On the second day of Sukkos, if a small part of the flesh or stem is missing more »

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #3

There are three layers to an Esrog; the glaze on the outside, the green/ yellow skin, and the white flesh. When purchasing an Esrog, one of the things to look for is if any of the flesh is missing. If it is, the Esrog cannot be used on the first day and therefore should not more »

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #2

The Sefer Hachinuch suggests another reason behind the Mitzvah of Lulav and Esrog. The holiday of Sukkos is described in the Torah as Chag Ha’asif, the festival of gathering, as the holiday coincides with the harvesting of one’s produce. The harvested produce would naturally bring great joy to the owners. The taking of the Lulav more »

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Laws of Lulav and Esrog #1

Who can think of Sukkos? We haven’t even celebrated Rosh Hashana! The Talmud instructs us to study the laws pertaining to a holiday 30 days before the holiday. It’s less than 30 days to Sukkos and the laws of Lulav and Esrog are complicated and many. So let’s begin! Before we get into the what, more »

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Laws of Shabbos #199

Toilet Paper The issue: korei’ah/ tearing (constructively)   The solution: Pre-cut toilet paper or tissues. If one is stuck somewhere without either, one may tear the toilet paper but not on the perforations.  

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Laws of Shabbos #198

Hairspray and Hair Gel The issue: memareiach/ smoothing, boneh/ building   The solution: One may not use hair gel on Shabbos. According to some, one may first style one’s hair and then apply hairspray.

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