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Visiting Scholar In The Succah: David Moster

Following Evening Services | Sponsored by the Shearith Israel League

Thursday, October 17

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 children.

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Liberty Bell Rimonim

These Rimonim, modeled after the American Liberty Bell, were commissioned by the Congregation in honor of Judge Edgar J. Nathan Jr.