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Aravah: Sprig of willow. (a) Bound with the lulav and used during Sukkot for the mitzvah of the Four Species. (b) A bundle of five willows is taken on Hoshanah Rabbah and hit against the floor.
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SECTION 650 The Required Measure of the Myrtle and Willow Twigs. (1–2) 1 The minimum length that is required for the myrtle and willow twigs is three handbreadths, In the original, tefachim; see Sukkah 32b. i.e., 12 thumbbreadths. A thumbbreadth (gudal; o...
SECTION 647 Laws Relating to the Willow. (1–6) 1 “The willows of the brook” mentioned in the Torah In the original, arvei nachal (Vayikra 23:40); popularly, aravos. See sec. 645:1 and footnote 1 of that section. are a known species referred to by this nam...
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