Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Chasam Sofer: Loving Your Esrog To Death?
Sometimes during Succos an esrog can turn brown form holding to much. Even in a case where the change in coloring would normally make it pasul, the Chasam Sofer says that in this case it is still Kasher, provided it came from holding it on Succos (and not before Succos). The reason, he says, is because "Shiyarei Mitzva Zeh Hiduro", the remains of a mitzva are its beauty. 

Rav Yechiel Michel Stern in Sefer Kashrus Araba'as HaMinim writes that we should rely on this heter only on Chol HaMo'ed where the mitzva is D'Rabanan and not on the first day where the Mitzva is Min HaTorah. However he brings from the Shu"T Zecher L'Yehosef that he was matir even on the first day.

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