Thursday, October 05, 2006
As I was picking out my esrog, I remembered what my Rosh Yeshiva once said:
"Imagine if lulav and esrog was a mitzvah that you did in your basement and not in shul. Can you imagine the kind of of esrogim people would buy? Tiny, brown, dried up shriveled esrogim..."
Just a thought when you're admiring your esrog in shul this Yom Tov.
then again the gemara questions even the motives of our forefathers.. had reuven known he would be written up in the Torah the way he was, he would have acted differently...
1) We only work buy the superb esrog that we know we should buy because we know other people will see us and secretly we'd rather be stingy.
2) There's no reason to waste so much money on expensive esrogim. The mitzva requires a kosher esrong, not beautiful esrog. People spend the extra money only to impress others.
I suspect the rabbi was referring to option 1, but there's also some truth to 2.