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Waving the Four Kinds: A Pictorial Guide

Waving the Four Kinds: A Pictorial Guide


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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Anonymous October 16, 2016

This is incredibly helpful! Thank you very much for posting it! Have a joyous Sukkot! Reply

michael moore vancouver, wa. usa October 3, 2012

lulav where in the Torah does it say to "wave" the lulav? thank you Reply Staff via September 30, 2012

Re How to Shake Them Yes there is a video, check it out at this link: Reply

susan chicago, il 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 Reply

Eliezer Zalmanov for 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. Reply

Anonymous Ft Lauderdale, FL September 21, 2010

Another way Jews from North Arica turn to face the direction (south, north, east, while facing east up, down, west ). Reply

Danny Drachsler San Francisco, California 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? Reply

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? Reply

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