Shofar Sho-good: Customs authorities catch man smuggling shofars and etrogs

An Israeli man was caught attempting to smuggle dozens of shofars and etrogs past customs at Ben-Gurion Airport over the weekend, authorities announced Monday.

The etrog, a yellow citrus fruit that can sell for as much as NIS 500 and is one of the Four Species of Succot, is a common item that smugglers try to bring into the country.

Passengers coming through customs at Ben-Gurion are allowed to bring one etrog with them, however, the fruit must be presented to a representative from the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry, or in his or her absence, a customs official, in order to prevent the entrance of contagious lesions and pests into the country.


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