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Another Year, Another Etrog

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 18, 2013

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Every year, between Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, I have to make a couple bags like the one below. It’s about 3 inches long and a couple inches wide. I’ve made knitted bags, crocheted bags, tatted bags, needle lace bags (way too time-consuming!), and even netted bags, with a shuttle and netting gauge. The crochet ones are easiest to make, so I’ll be sticking with this model for a while.

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This etrog is from last year. My husband saves etrogs from the previous Sukkot, lets them dry out, attaches a tiny label with the year (in Hebrew letters), and ties it to the schach (reed ceiling) of our sukkah the following year.

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We have about 40 etrogs, since he’s been saving them every year since we were married (with a few additions when my in-laws used to come to Israel for Sukkot and now my son’s etrogs). In the photo below, the blue and orange bag is netted. The other three are tatted.

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