Someone is on a plane/transit for an entire daylight period of Sukkot and accidentally only brought along their etrog, leaving left the rest at home ;~

Is there anything to do with just the etrog?


ד' מינים הללו מעכבין זה את זה שאם חסר לו אחד מהם לא יברך על השאר, אבל נוטלן לזכר בעלמא (בין ביום א' בין בשאר ימים)‏
These four species restrict each other such that if he was missing one of them he does not bless on the rest, but he takes them as merely a remembrance. (Shulchan Aruch OC 651:12)

So you should just pick up the Etrog during the day as a remembrance to the Mitzva.

Aruch haShulchan there (:28) quotes two opinions regarding if you should shake the Etrog or just pick it up.

  • is the taking of Aravos on hoshana raba dependent on having made a bracha on all 4 species earlier in davening? If my etrog lost its pitom so according to this quote, the other 3 are retricted, what do I do with aravos? Or because I will take extra aravos to hit with, mine are not restricted?
    – rosends
    Sep 24 '13 at 17:47
  • @Danno All of that could be in separate posts, but to answer quickly: the aravot on hoshana rabba are independent, and a pitom-less etrog is kosher on the latter days of sukkot.
    – Double AA
    Sep 24 '13 at 17:56
  • thanks -- half way through I figured it could be a separate question but I was riffing on the specific halacha you posted so I just went with it.
    – rosends
    Sep 24 '13 at 18:15

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