The History of the Etrog in America

Sept. 20 2021

Following the ancient interpretation of Leviticus 23:40, the etrog or citron is one of the four plant species used in the rituals of Sukkot, the festival that begins this evening. The Jews of early America followed their largely northern European forbears in importing these fruits from various Mediterranean locales, and especially from Corsica and Sicily. But the Napoleonic wars cut off the supply, and in the early 19th century rabbis began to raise questions about the halakhic suitability of this variety. Jonathan Sarna and Zev Eleff explain how American’s citron market evolved thereafter:

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More about: American Jewish History, California, Etrog, Thomas Jefferson

What Israel Needs to Stop Iran’s Nuclear-Weapons Program

Oct. 25 2021

If sanctions, diplomacy, and covert sabotage fail to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, it will be up to the IDF to do the job—as America will be unlikely to attack Iran, and the Gulf states lack the ability to do so. But it is not clear that the Jewish state has the necessary armaments. John Hannah writes:

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More about: IDF, Iran, Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, U.S. Foreign policy