I recently learned that there are some Chabad (Lubavitch) chassidim who insists on using "Yanover" etrogim from the Italian province of Calabria, despite the availability of Yanover etrogim from Eretz Yisrael which also have "Kedushat Eretz Yisrael"
Chabad's website states:
It is of utmost importance that you purchase your Four Kinds from a trustworthy, G‑d-fearing vendor, and that the etrog is rabbinically certified. An etrog that is harvested from a tree that was grafted together with another species – a practice that is unfortunately common, as the hybrid product is quite beautiful – is invalid for Sukkot use. Rabbinical certification guarantees that the etrog is from a tree that was inspected to ascertain that it is "purebred."Could anyone please enlighten me why Chabad still insists on using Etrogim from Chutz LaAretz, while there are now tens of thousands of "purebred" etrogim, grown in Eretz Yisrael?
This is one of the reasons why many prefer to use an etrog that comes from the Italian province of Calabria, also known as "Yanover" etrogs. The etrog orchards in this region have been providing etrogs for centuries and are known to be of untainted pedigree.
The "Arba Minim Center" claims:
These Esrogim come from Calabria in Italy, are usually exceptionally clean and well shaped. The majority are grown without a Pitum. They are favoured by Chabad chassidim who have a tradition that Moshe Rabeinu used an Esrog from Italy.
The Baal Hatanya says that Moshe Rabbeinu used an Etrog from Italy.
Some found the above overly insulting, so I struck it out. However, it's based on the pain felt by The Orech HaShulachan and R' Kook, who lament the fact that people prefer etrogim from Chutz Laaretz over those from Eretz Yisrael.
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