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Hoshanah Rabbah

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Hoshanah Rabbah: the seventh day of the festival of Sukkot, considered to be the final day of the New Year's Divine "judgment" in which the year's fate is determined; in addition to the Four Kinds taken on the preceding days of Sukkot, an additional willow is taken on this day; it is customary to stay up all night on the eve of Hoshanah Rabbah and study Torah;
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On the 7th day of Sukkot, called Hoshanah Rabba, we take five willows and strike the ground to sweeten the judgment. This class digs deep into Torah tradition to uncover the origins, meanings, and relevance to the ancient Holy Temple plant parade that lea...
The nights of the festival of Sukkos are marked by Simchas Beis Hashoeva, dancing and joyous celebration reminiscent of the festivities in Temple times. The final day of Sukkos, Hoshana Rabbah, is marked in a more solemn way, as it is the day on which the...
A special video montage of the morning prayers on Hoshana Rabbah, including the Rebbe reciting Hallel and waving the Four Species.
The seventh day of Sukkos is known as Hoshana Raba, during which we fulfill the custom of making seven circuits around the bima while holding the Four Species and reciting prayers for blessing and prosperity in the coming year.
Which is the greatest of the ‘Four Kinds’?
A profound look at the paradox of the willow of the Four Kinds that are 'taken' during the festival of Sukkot: On one hand, the willow is the least virtuous of the Four Kinds and the laws governing its validity the least demanding, yet the willow conveys ...
Meditation in Movement
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.
During the festival of Sukkos, the Torah commands us to take a citron, a date palm frond, a myrtle branch, and a willow twig and bring them all together. The Midrash adds that each of these represents a different kind of Jew.
The Four Species taken on Sukkos represent four types of Jews, from the citron which has both flavor and fragrance, and represents the Jew who studies Torah and fulfills its commandments, to the willow which is neither tasty nor fragrant, represents the s...
On Sukkot we shake the lulav and etrog. Learn how to do this mitzvah of taking “the four kinds”.
It’s customary to have kreplach (pastry filled with meat) on the seventh day of Sukkot.
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