Culture, and History
Edited by Warren Klein, Sharon Liberman Mintz,
and Jashua Teplitsky
- The etrog is a curious fruit. The Bible (Leviticus 23:40)
commands its readers: "And you shall take for yourselves
on the first day beautiful tree-fruit (peri etz hadar), palm
fronds, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and
you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days."
Native to the Far East and adapted to the culture of
the eastern Mediterranean, the rituals of the etrog
are among the very few that are dependent upon a
particular environment for growth that Jews have
maintained in their vast dispersal from the origins
of their law, heritage, and collective existence in the
Land of Israel. In their wanderings across the globe,
the etrog has remained part of Jews' practices, an
indispensable part of the annual rhythms of the
Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot, the Feast of Booths.
- This collection of essays explores the long and engaging
story of the etrog as a tale of home-away-from-home, of
wandering and belonging, of tradition and adaptation.
The etrog's story is one of environment, climate, and
agriculture; of commerce and cooperation; of borders
and crossings; of visual splendor; of experimentation
and innovation in Jewish art, culture, and history.
Warren Klein, Sharon Liberman Mintz, Jashua Teplitsky
8.3" x 11.3"
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