Whenever the market witnesses demand for a certain product or commodity, there arises a large pool of providers for the same. The Esrogim sets for performing rituals during festival of Sukkot are also not an exception and thus you can see lots of sellers in the market. From local street vendors to online websites, there are lots of sources from where you can get these sets. But before purchasing, certain things must be taken into apex consideration as when it’s the matter of belief, there is no place for even the slightest compromise.
There should be a rabbinical guarantee that the Esrog delivered to you is purely citron and not any product of grafting or hybridization. The fruit should be complete and no piece should be missing. To say precisely, the skin should be unbroken, towards the top there should be a whole undamaged Pitom and at the bottom, there should be an intact stem. There is a genuine exception and the case is when a matured Esrog falls of naturally; it is legitimate to use for the rituals. The thing to be noted is that the Esrog when on tree is entirely green naturally but when you take it for use, at least a small portion of it should be yellow. If any areas are discolored, such areas must be relatively smaller. The Esrog for use must be having a size more than that of two standard chicken eggs and it must not be totally round but elongated. It should be taken care that there are not any black spots which are permanent or any holes on the top portion. The skin should never be completely smooth.
Certain groups use Yanover Esrogimwhich is grown usually in Southern Italy. These are grown without Pitom and chances of them getting damaged and disqualified are really low. Surface discoloration because of spoilage or rot makes the Esrog ineligible for usage but natural discoloration can be tolerated. The most common example of natural discoloration is the brown mark caused when the fruit get bruised. Another defect commonly seen is the formation of scar tissue to cover the holes in skin caused by throne punctures etc. Even though such defects don’t make the Esrogim disqualified for usage, it degrades its value and beauty.
The defects need no concern at all if it is not visible to a normal unaided eye when held in arms. However it’s your sole responsibility to choose the best and most trusted seller in the market.
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