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Arba Minim After Sukkot

The Daily Halacha Moment - Arba Minim After Sukkot ๐ŸŒฟ


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Question:

How should one treat ones arba minim after sukkot?


Answer:

Once Sukkot is over, the arba minim no longer have kedushah, and may be used for mundane purposes. However, they may not be treated in a demeaning manner. [1]

Even after one has finished using his etrog for tefillah on Hoshana Rabbah, it may not be eaten or used for another purpose until Shemini Atzeret, or Simchat Torah for a ben chutz laAretz. [2]

Some people have the custom for a pregnant woman to bite off the pitom of the etrog as a segulah for an easy birth. [3] This should only be done, though, after Simchat Torah. [4]


Sources:

[1] See Shulchan Aruch 21:1 and Mishnah Berurah 21:1, which state that one may not throw them in the garbage. The Shulchan Aruch ยง4 also states that they may not be stepped on. However, they may be discarded in a place where they are not likely to be trampled by a passerby. Chazon Ovadia, Sukkot, p. 449 says that one may place them on the side of the road, in a place where they will not be trampled on, even though they will be thrown out by sanitation workers. The Rama ยง9 and Ben Ish Chai, Vezot Haberachah 1:8 state that if possible, it is good to save them until Pesach, so that they may be used to burn the chametz or as firewood to bake matzot.

[2] Shulchan Aruch 665:1; Chazon Ovadia, Sukkot, p. 444.

[3] Moed LeChol Chai 24:25.

[4] Chazon Ovadia, Sukkot, p. 449; Yalkut Yosef, Arbaat HaMinim, p. 834. See also Kaf HaChaim 664:60, which states that it is customary to make etrog jelly and eat it on Tu BiShevat. Furthermore, it is a segulah for fertility and easy childbirth when a woman eats from an etrog used for the mitzvah of arba minim. Chacham Ovadia Yosef in _Chazon Ovadia, Sukkot, p. 450 writes that when he gave his own etrog to women without children, they all gave birth that same year.

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