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?


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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, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 at 18:15

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