Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Fruit and the Peel

Earlier generations knew that the peel concealed the fruit inside. The Baal Shem Tov revealed that the peel itself is also the fruit. (See Mevo Hashe'arim 3)

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micha berger said...

That's an awefull lot of meat for an esrog. And in a Teimani esrog, which they usually grow to the size of a grapefruit or larger, the meat of the fruit is often hard to find, just a few of those capsuls of juice that citrus fruit have around each seed.

Just reinforcing the point about the rind being part of the fruit. It's particularly true of the "peri eitz hadar" (esrog).


DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...


That's why I chose the Esrog for the picture... Ta'am eitzo u'piryo shaveh, which captures the point of the post perfectly. :-)

But I'm surprised you didn't argue on this post...

micha berger said...

I wouldn't argue for two reasons... Once you get into Or vs qelipos, you're in territory about which I have no strong opinions.

Second, as I wrote last Elul, I'm tired of writing replies that contrast chassidishe and Litvishe (particularly Mussar) approaches. It makes it too much like competitive derakhim.

In reality, the only competition are the non-observant and those content to remain observant-by-habit.

If I didn't succeed in sticking to that resolution, please let me know.


Bob Miller said...


If you have something to say, your resolution shouldn't stop you. The point of the resolution as I understand it has to do with the framing of the comment (the peel of the comment??).