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If one is poor, should he buy an Etrog for Sukkot or food for his family? I am researching the halacha with regard to this as a response to the story by Agnon.

  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya! Perhaps you should consider editing in what story you are referring to. Also consider the facts that the mitzvah is to take all four species - just buying an esrog might not be enough; that this question only applies on the first day, when it must belong to you; and that one may give his friend an esrog on condition that he return it when he is done, as it will be considered the friend's in the meantime. – DonielF Jul 31 '17 at 21:54
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    Is there an Etrog available in his community that he could borrow for a few minutes each day? – Double AA Jul 31 '17 at 22:10
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    Many kehillot (especially Chabad ones) have a community sukkah and a set of arba minim that everyone can use. So technically one doesn't have to buy anything if they live in one of those kehillot. – ezra Jul 31 '17 at 23:18

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