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Waving the Four Kinds: A Pictorial Guide

Waving the Four Kinds: A Pictorial Guide

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Stand facing east. Take the lulav in your right hand and recite the blessing al netilat lulav.”  Take the etrog in your left hand. If it is the first day of Sukkot (or the first time you are observing the mitzvah this year), recite the blessing Shehecheyanu.” Bring the etrog and lulav together. Wave them three times to and fro in each direction. Each time the four species are brought back, their lower tips should touch the chest (over the heart).

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October 3, 2012
lulav
where in the Torah does it say to "wave" the lulav? thank you
michael moore
vancouver, wa. usa
September 30, 2012
Re How to Shake Them
Yes there is a video, check it out at this link: chabad.org/746733/
Chabad.org Staff
mychabad.org
September 30, 2012
How to shake them
Is it possible to post a video with someone actually making the blessing and turning the etrog in the proper direction? thanks
susan
chicago, il
September 21, 2010
To Danny
According to Kabbalah, moving the Lulav and Etrog due west causes a streak of Divine light to be revealed in this world, while the earlier wavings are to prepare the 'vessel' to receive this great light. It seems that this is the reason for uncovering the Etrog at that moment, as it is indicative of the great light being uncovered.
Eliezer Zalmanov
for Chabad.org
September 21, 2010
Another way
Jews from North Arica turn to face the direction (south, north, east, while facing east up, down, west ).
Anonymous
Ft Lauderdale, FL
September 19, 2010
Why cover the etrog with the fingers?
Why do we cover the top of the etrog with the fingers, and why do we uncover the etrog when moving the arba minim due west?
Danny Drachsler
San Francisco, California
September 19, 2010
Why twice southwest and once due west?
Why do we wave the arba minim twice southwest and once due west?
Danny Drachsler
San Francisco, California