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Visiting Scholar In The Succah: David Moster

Following Evening Services | Sponsored by the Shearith Israel League

Wednesday, September 26

Etrog: How a Chinese Fruit Became a Jewish Symbol
 
Rabbi David Moster, one of the foremost etrog experts, explores the etrog's most pressing mysteries, including: How did the etrog make its way from China to Israel by the Second Temple period, ca. 400 BCE? How and why did the etrog become the "choice tree-fruit" ( פרי עץ הדר ) of Leviticus 23:40? What does the archaeological evidence from the "paradise" garden at Ramat Rahel say about the history of the etrog? Why does the etrog appear so prominently in Jewish art from the Roman and Byzantine periods?
 

David Z. Moster, PhD and Rabbi, is the founder and director of the Institute of Biblical Culture. He received his PhD in Hebrew Bible from Bar-Ilan University, his MA in Ancient Israel from NYU, and an MA, and MS, and Semikha from Yeshiva University. David currently lives in Yonkers, NY with his wife and two children.

Revolutionary War Torah Scrolls

In 1776, several British soldiers desecrated two of Shearith Israel’s Torah scrolls.

1776
First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America. 

1730