Arba Minim After Sukkot

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Question:

How should one treat one's 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]

This past year (5782) was the Shemitta year in Israel. Thus, any Etrogim from Israel used this past Sukkot retain the sanctity of Shevi’it. Thus, those outside of Israel who are not so exposed to the laws of Shevi’it and used an Etrog from Israel should be warned not to discard of the Etrog in the trash.

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]

An etrog box, the flax or Styrofoam used to wrap the etrog, and a Lulav case may be thrown in the garbage unless they are recognizably mitzvah accessories. However, if the box has pesukim on it, it must be stored away or buried, and may not be thrown out. [5]


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 §4 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 §9 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.

[5]. Ginzei HaKodesh 18:21

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