“On the first day, you shall take for yourselves… the beautiful fruit of a tree…”

This verse refers to the Mitzvah of celebrating the holiday of Sukkot with the Mitzva of taking the Lulav and Etrog. But how do we know that the Etrog is the “beautiful fruit”? In the words of the Midrash, “Don’t all trees produce beautiful fruit?”

The Talmud teaches that the word “beautiful” in the Torah — Hadar — can be read as Ha-Dar — the “one who dwells…”. The Etrog, the Talmud says, is unusual in that it makes its home on a tree. Most fruit can only remain on their tree in season…