17 Tishrei, 5779
It's been a lovely Sukkot holiday so far. I have enjoyed time at the synagogue and in the sukka, praying for genuine peace. Sadly, though, many of us Israelis smell smoke from the arson attacks accomplished with balloons and other incendiary devices burning our crops, parks, and other parts of the holy land.
Meanwhile, people are outdoors enjoying what they can at this harvest festival time when we remember the arduous trek from Egyptian slavery to freedom in Israel. Our fragile hold on life depends on the blessings of the One Above.
While we share festive fun and food, though, some celebrants wonder why there is an absence of organic etrogim, those aromatic citrons that we use for the Sukkot holiday. A significantly large niche market exists for them.
Perhaps next year I'll be able to report that the niche has been filled so that we can make jelly and candy from cooked organic etrogim/citrons. They are presently loaded with cancer-causing pesticides to enhance the unhampered growth of these fruits that are primarily sold once yearly, for prayerful rather than edible purposes.
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