The Esrog Watch

Yesterday, Tim Cook unveiled the much-rumored and highly-anticipated Apple Watch to decidedly mixed reviews. As I am in the middle of preparing High Holiday sermons, my mind drifted towards possible homiletic parallels that might be drawn between Apple, Inc. and the Apples that we will soon be eating with honey. From there, it was a quick jump to the Biblical apple – the one in the Garden of Eden that played such a critical role during the very first Rosh Hashanah.

It was going to be an interesting sermon, until I remembered that the conception of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge as an apple is a Western Christian idea – perhaps the result of a Latin pun between the words malum (apple) and mālum (evil). The Talmud actually presents three different opinions, speculating that the fruit was either a grape, fig, or wheat.

The Midrash adds a fourth opinion, speculating that the fruit, described as “good for food, and…a delight to the eyes,” was actually an etrog. That really got me thinking.

  • The may have cool features, but you still need to carry around all the other gadgets for it to function.
  • The is extremely customizable, available in a variety of skins and “gartel” styles.
  • The may be a bit pricey now, but will surely be much cheaper only a few weeks following its release.
  • The allows users to easily share heartfelt (and heart-shaped) anti-Zadokite feelings with High Priests.
  • Each successive model of the seems to cost more, even if the technology really hasn’t improved all that much in the last year.
  • The will vibrate to help the user stay on course and avoid unfortunate stabbings during Hoshanot.
  • The comes pre-loaded with the Na’anuim App, which can be set for Ashkenazim or Sephardim – but only for right-handed users.

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Avraham Bronstein is rabbi of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, NY.