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Halacha - etrog liqueur
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Is one allowed to make etrog liqueur from etrogim that have kedushat shevi'it? One takes thin peels from the etrog, soaks them in 95% alcohol for a couple of months, then adds, to the liquid one gets from that, twice as much syrup made with equal amounts of sugar and water.
Answer: One may not make liqueur from an esrog that has kedushas shvi'is because it is not the common use of an esrog. If one did make the liqueur already he must keep in mind the zman habiur. However, most esrogim availible now started growing before Rosh HaShana and do not have kedushas shvi'is.
posted:2008-04-13 09:30:53


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Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2008-06-25 17:05:37
Generally speaking esrogim will stay on the tree for approximately one year if not picked first (I have two trres in my yard). The blossoms that formed last summer produced fruit that do not have kedushas shviis, and the blossoms from this spring would not yet have formed ripe fruit.
Anonymous, 2008-06-25 06:37:27
don't esrogim stay on trees for three years (atleast one)? See Shabbos daf 88A Tosfos divrie hamaschil pairov kodem lailav that errogim stay on there trees a few years
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