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The Forbidden Esrog

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It is possible to say that the only prohibition that will render an esrog as not being a fruit is if the issur is primarily an issur to eat. If the issur is primarily not to derive benefit, then although one may not eat it, it is still considered a fruit and therefore may be used for the mitzvah.

Rabbi Raphael Fuchs

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