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Etrog Container 


sukkot, citron

Silver Etrog container in the shape of fruit on a stalk. Etrog containers are used during Sukkot, the harvest festival that marked the end of the agricultural year in Ancient Israel. Observant Jews eat inside a sukkot, a special booth, for eight days. They recite ritual prayers that involve the “four species,” four plants with symbolic significance. One of these is the etrog, a kind of citron.

The inscription on top reads, “To Jacob Born in recognition of his services to an organisation in Plauen, on the occasion of his Silver Wedding Anniversary 11 August 1910.” Jacob died in 1913 and his wife perished in 1942 at Theresienstadt. The container came into their granddaughter’s possession in 1958.

Donated by Martha Goldstein

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