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The etrog is indeed a lovely
fruit, attractive in ap-
pearance and possessing a
fragrant aroma. But if we
look to our midrashic
literature, we are amazed to
learn that the • etrog did not
always enjoy such an exalted
status.
One of the midrashic rabbis
tells us: "The forbidden fruit
which Adam and Eve ate in
defiance of God's command
was the etrog" ((Bereshit Rab-
ba 15). A careful examination
of scripture yields no
reference to the nature of the
fruit of the Tree of
Knowledge. And yet our rab-
bis identify the fruit that
brought about Adam's
downfall as the beautiful
etrog, on which we spare no
expense, which we handle so
gently and respectfully and
on which we recite blessigns-
during this joyous festival.
What an ainaxing paradox!
Because of the etrog, Adam
and Eve were driven from the
Garden of Eden. Because of
this fruit they were cursed
with a life of toil, struggle and

pain. And yet this is the fruit
chosen by the Tarah to ex-
press our joy on this festival.
The etrog, which was the
cause of our downfall, is to be
the means of our rejoicing.
This strange paradox,
however, reflects an aspect of
the basic personality of the
Jew. If you want to know how
Jews were able to survive so
many calamities and

Sukkot

disasters, look to the etrog.
We survived because of our
innate ability to wring a
blessing out of a curse. It is
Jewish to find the benediction
in the malediction, the good
in the evil, the opportunity in
the -catastrophe.
Jewish history is rich in ex-
amples of making the best out
of the worst and of finding the
blessing in the curse. The
Temple and its sacrificial ser-
vice were destroyed, so our
ancestors developed prayers
as the most sublime form of
religious expression. In the

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are over. We now find
ourselves celebrating the
most joyous festival in. the
Jewish calendar year, the
festival of Sukkot - zeman
simchateinu the festival of
our rejoicing.
How do we rejoice and ex-
press our gratitude to God for
the many blessings He grants
us? The Thrah states the way:
U'lekachtem lachem . . . pri etz
hadar . . . "and you shall take
unto yourselves the fruit of a
goodly tree" (Leviticus 23:40).
We express our joy by taking
a fruit called an etrog in our
hands, by reciting blessings
over it and then together with
the lulav, waving it in all
directions as an acknowledge-
ment of God's sovereignty
over the entire world.

Morton Yolkut is rabbi
of Congregation B'nai David.

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ORTHODOX:
Bais Chabad of Birm-
ingham/Bloomfield Hills: Moshe
Polter, rabbi. 646-3010.
Bais Chabad of Farmington
Hills: 32000 Middlebelt Rd., Farm-
ington Hills. Chaim Bergstein, rab
bi. 855-2910.
Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield:
5595 W. Maple Rd., West Bloom-
field. Melech Silberberg, rabbi.
855-6170.
Beth Jacob-Mogain Abraham:
15751 W. Lincoln Dr., Southfield.
Dov Loketch, rabbi. 557-6750.
Beth Tefilo Emanuel Tikvah:
24225 Greenfield Rd., Southfield.
Leizer Levin, rabbi. 559-5022.
B'nai Israel-Beth Yehudah:
15400 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park.
Yoel Sperka, rabbi. 967-3969.
B'nai Zion: 15250 W. Nine Mile
Rd., Oak Park. Solomon Gruskin,
rabbi. 968-2414.
Dovid Ben Nuchim: 14800 W. Lin-
coln, Oak Park. Chaskel Grubner,
rabbi. 968-9784.
Kollel Institute: 15230 W. Lincoln,
Oak Park. Moshe Schwab, rabbi.
968-0109.
Machon L'Torah: 15221 W. 'Thn
Mile Rd., Oak Park. Avraham
Jacobowitz, rabbi. 967-0888.
Mishkan Israel, Nusach H'ari,
Lubavitcher Center: 14000 W. 9
Mile Rd., Oak Park. 543-6611.
Shaarey Shomayim: 15110 W. 10
Mile Rd., Oak Park. Leo Goldman,
rabbi. 547-8555.
Shomrey Emunah: 25451
Southfield Rd., Southfield. Shaiall
Zachariash, rabbi. 559-1533 or
557-9666.
Shomrey Emunah-Ohel Moed:
6191 Farmington Rd., West Bloom-
field. Eli Jundef, rabbi. 967-1806.

Young Israel of Greenfield: 15140
W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park. Reuven
Drucker, rabbi. 967-3655.
Young Israel of Oak-Woods:
24061 Coolidge, Oak Park. Eliezer
Cohen, rabbi. 398-1177.
Young Israel of Southfield: 27705
Lahser, Southfield. Elimelech
Goldberg, rabbi. 358-0154.
Young Israel of West Bloomfield:
6450 Farmington Rd., West Bloom-
field. Ira Lutzky, 259-8500.

TRADITIONAL:
B'nai David: 24350 Southfield Rd.,
Southfield. Morton Yolkut, rabbi.
557-8210.

CONSERVATIVE:
Adat Shalom: 29901 Middlebelt
Rd., Farmington Hills. Efry Spectre,
rabbi. 851-5100.
Beth Abraham Hillel Moses:
5075 W Maple, West Bloomfield. A.
Irving Schnipper, rabbi. 851-6880.
Beth Achim: 21100 W. 12 Mile Rd.,
Southfield. Milton Arm, rabbi.
352-8670.
Beth Shalom: 14601 W. Lincoln
Rd., Oak Park. David Nelson, rab-
bi. 547-7970.
Beth Thphilath Moses: 146 South
Ave., Mt. Clemens. 465-0641.
B'nai Israel of West Bloomfield:
4200 Walnut Lake Rd., West Bloom-
field. Sherman Kirshner, rabbi.
681-5353.
B'nai Moshe: 14390- W 10 Mile
Rd., Oak Park. Allan Meyerowitz,
rabbi. 548-9000.
Downtown Synagogue: 1457
Griswold, Detroit. Noah Gamze,
rabbi. 961-9328.
Livonia Jewish Congregation:
31840 W. 7 Mile Rd., Livonia.
477-8974.

Shaarey Zedek: 27375 Bell Rd.,
Southfield. Irwin Groner, rabbi.
357-5544.

REFORM:
Beth El: 7400 Telegraph Rd., Bir-
mingham. Daniel Polish, rabbi.
851-1100.
Beth Isaac: 2730 Edsel Dr., Tren-
ton. 675-0355.
Beth Jacob: 79 Elizabeth Lake
Rd., Pontiac. Richard Weiss, rabbi.
332-3212.
Emanu-El: 14450 W. 10 Mile Rd.,
Oak Park. Lane Steinger, rabbi.
967-4020.
Temple Israel: 5725 Walnut Lake
Rd., West Bloomfield. M. Robert
Syme, Harold Loss, Paul Yedwab,
rabbis. 661-5700.
Kol Ami: 5085 Walnut Lake Rd.,
West Bloomfield. Norman Roman,
rabbi. 661-0040.
Shir Shalom: 5642 Maple Rd.,
West Bloomfield. Dannel Schwartz,
rabbi. 737-8700.
Shir Tikvah: 3633 W. Big Beaver,
Troy. Arnie Sleutelberg, rabbi.
643-6520.

HUMANISTIC:
Birmingham Temple: 28611 W 12
Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Sher-
win Wine, rabbi. 477-1410.

RECONSTRUCTIONIST:
T'Chiyah: St. Antoine at Monroe,
Detroit. 393-1089.

UNAFFILIATED:
Sephardic Community of
Greater Detroit: meets at
Yeshivah Beth Yehudah, 15751 W.
Lincoln, Southfield. David Hazan,
vice president. 545-8945.

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