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  • For many of us, one of the countless delights of the joyous Succoth festival just ended is the windfall of a citron (ethrog, etrog, or esrik), an unusual, delicious and generally difficult-to find fruit for most of the year.

    The Jew and the Carrot 2008


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  • Here's a word for which the online dictionaries could hardly be less helpful. Clicking the Onelook link indicates that both and the Infoplease dictionary offer definitions. Well, if Infoplease does indeed define it, the definition is so cunningly camouflaged on the page of largely irrelevant trash that comes up that I couldn't find it. Tracking it down on was no walk in the park either.

    February 9, 2009

  • According to, it's a variant of etrog, which they define as "a citron for use with the lulav during the Sukkoth festival service." Now what's a lulav? (Generally, I find The Free Dictionary to be most helpful and easiest to use.)

    February 9, 2009

  • I did eventually locate that same definition, and was too lazy to look up lulav. My complaint was really about the way they manage to hide the tiny piece of relevant information in a welter of irrelevant detail. It just assaults your eyeballs when the page comes up.

    Is Sukkoth the holiday with the hut?

    February 9, 2009