Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dip the Esrog in the honey, make a Bracha loud & clear

מה תפוח זה פריו קודם לעליו אף ישראל הקדימו נעשה לנשמע (שבת פ.

According to Tosfos (Shabbos 88a & Ta'anis 29b) תפוח is not an apple but an Esrog.

The  Amei Ha'aretz claim that Eve gave to Adam an apple. There is no mention anywhere in Chazal that it was an apple.

The mistake might have started with
the שיטה in Midrash (בראשית רבה פרשה ט"ו פסקה ז) that says it was an Esrog תפוח and incorrectly translated it to be an apple.

Perhaps, according to Tosfos, On Rosh Hashanah, we should have dipped the Esrog in honey instead of the apple.


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