Friday, November 13, 2015

The etrog has long been a sacred fruit in Jewish traditions.
(Photo: AP)Forget
blueberries, pomegranate and acai.
There"s a new super fruit in town and it
has the bible backing it up….seriously.I"d never heard of the etrog, a
citrus fruit that resembles a chubby lemon, until I landed in Tel Aviv,
specifically in Uzi-Eli"s juice shop at the entrance to the Carmel shuk
(market).
The Etrog Man"s whole family works with him in the shop.
Here his
daughter prepares his super fruit concoction.
(Photo: Jo Piazza)Uzi-Eli a
70-year old gentleman who looks about twenty years younger, is a Yemeni born
healer who landed in Israel decades ago."Uzi-Eli balancing his etrogs.
(Photo:
Etrogman.com)He claims his juices and herbal elixirs are based on the doctrine
laid down by the Jewish Medieval Rabbi, scholar and philosopher, Moses
Maimonides and that the sacred fruit is bestowed a place of honor in the Old
Testament book of Leviticus.
He goes by many titles, among them "juice man"
and "spiritual guru." But he lets people call him Uzi."When I first walked
into the funky little juice shop a beautiful woman, one of three of Uzi-Eli"s
children and the only girl, behind the counter offered my very first sip of
etrog juice."If the juice will do anything to make me look like her, I"m in, I
thought to myself.A jittery man nearly shoved me out of the way to ask for his
own green juice.The shop sells powders, elixirs, lotions, soaps and tonics all
crafted by the medicine man himself.
(Photo: Jo Piazza)"Excuse me!" I said
with annoyance.
"I"m sorry," he said politely.""I"m just addicted to this
juice." He didn"t look like an addict.
he wore a suit and a pretentious
bluetooth earpiece.
I let him through.
Who was I to get in the way of his
fix.
Related: Why I Feel Safe as a Tourist in Tel AvivThe etrog fruit
resembles a giant lemon, but with a sexier shape.
Indeed it is a good-looking
fruit, just one of the reasons it is a symbol of fertility and beauty."I take
a slug of it.
It was delicious, tart and sweet with a grassy aftertaste.
Did I
feel any different? Not really.
Not yet at least.Uzi-Eli will craft
a""medicine" for you based on whatever ails you.
First he asks you a series of
questions about your symptoms, your sleeping patterns, your belly issues, your
moods and your emotions.
Sometimes he asks you to draw him a picture of how
you feel…right then and there.Related: Dance"‘Til Dawn and Eat
Everything in Tel AvivYou"ll find the Etrog Man right at the entrance to the
famous Carmel Market.
(Photo: Jo Piazza)The etrog is believed to cure
everything from fatigue to stress to tension to menopause.
(Photo: Jo
Piazza)He claims his concoctions are good for curing chronic fatigue, pain,
diabetes, stress, anxiety and infertility.
They boost your immune system and
can even help bring health and happiness.
Some of them even make you look and
feel younger.
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Broad Abroad."I'd never heard of the etrog, a citrus fruit that resembles a
chubby lemon, until I landed in Tel Aviv, specifically in Uzi-Eli's juice
shop at the entrance to the Carmel shuk (market).
They boost your immune
system and can even help bring health and happiness..I'd never heard of the
etrog, a citrus fruit that resembles a chubby lemon, until I landed in Tel
Aviv, specifically in Uzi-Eli's juice shop at the entrance to the Carmel
shuk (market).
They boost your immune system and can even help bring health
and happiness.

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