Glossary

The entries selection comes from the book “Dictionary of Judaica” (2005), which was written by a group of authors led by Eva Kosáková . Entries were further processed by Jaroslav Kuntoš, Dana Veselská, Olga Sixtová, Michaela Scheibová and Lenka Uličná. The book can be purchased at our e-shop.

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Etrog box

The etrog (Heb.) is a kind of citron-like fruit which is used in a ritual during the holiday of Sukkot. It was imported to the Diaspora from the Mediterranean area and due to the limitations of supply and the requirement that it be unblemished, great care was devoted to etrog storage. It was usually kept in an appropriate container that had been adapted from a different use. Hence, etrog boxes have a great variety of shapes and materials and can be difficult to identify without an inscription. Etrog boxes were often originally used as containers for sugar or small sweets. Boxes that were originally made for etrog storage are either shaped like the etrog or contain depictions of this fruit in relief or sculpted form; the usual material is silver. The size of the box ranges between about 15 and 20 centimetres, depending on the size of the etrog.

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