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Looking for the Perfect Fruit: Jews Inspect Citrons Ahead of Holiday

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man checks etrogs, a lemon-like citrus fruit, for blemishes at a synagogue in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood on Oct. 7, 2014. The fruits are one of four plant species used in rituals during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which begins at sundown on Oct. 8. Also called the Feast of Tabernacles, it celebrates the fall harvest and commemorates the desert wandering of the Jews during the Exodus.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews inspect etrogs, or citrons, outside a shop in Jerusalem on Oct. 7.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews inspect etrogs inside a shop in Jerusalem on Oct. 7.

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An ultra-Orthodox man checks etrogs for blemishes at a shop in Jerusalem on Oct. 7.

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An Israeli man checks an etrog in a packing house in the southern community of Nave, near the border with the Gaza Strip and Egypt, on Oct. 6.

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