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Lulav: the palm branch used during the festival of Sukkot for the mitzvah of the Four Species
What is the shaking of the lulav and etrog set is all about?
The Jewish definition of joy is anticipating the future. We are joyful because we are planning, through hard work, to have a future together...
Question: I've just learned the blessing that we say before taking the Four Species on Sukkot--and I have a question. Why do we say "Blessed are You … who sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the taking of the lulav"? What happe...
Become a knowledgeable Four Kinds consumer!
For the adventuresome folks who wish to venture into the uncharted waters of the Four Kinds market, here are some basic guidelines and tips that, when followed, will allow you to be a relatively knowledgeable consumer.
Sukkot: The Lulav
On Sukkot we shake the lulav and etrog. Learn how to do this mitzvah of taking “the four kinds”.
The lulav represents Torah study, the pillar of our connection to the Divine.
SECTION 645 Laws Relating to the Lulav. (1–21) [It is written:] “And on the first day, you shall take for yourselves the fruit of a beautiful tree, fronds of a date-palm, a branch of a braided tree, and willows of the brook.” Vayikra 23:40. As will be exp...
Letters and numbers of the festivals—Sukkot
Humility, Diversity and Unity
The mystery of a missing letter vav in the verse that talks about shaking the lulav (Leviticus 23:40) and in the verse commanding us to dwell in the sukkah (23:42).
Meditation in Movement
Four Kinds, Six Directions
The movements we make with the Four Kinds each day of Sukkot are a meditation on bringing our emotions into balanced harmony. This meditation is grounded in the kavanot of the Ari, as explained in the siddur of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.
Through the lulav, we draw down supernal consciousness
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