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Jewish Holidays

Mysterious Shadows – Contemporary Responsibility

September 30, 2018, by

The Rama MiPano writes that Hashem atones our sins on the 486th hour of the year, the 6th hour of Hoshana Rabbah. Rav Shlomo Kluger writes that Hoshana Rabbah is greater than Yom Kippur. The connection between Avraham Avinu and Hoshana Rabbah. If the arava represents a Jew without Torah and maasim tovim, why do […]

Hoshana Rabbah: The Jew with No Frills – Part 1

October 13, 2016, by

The Arba Minim (4 species) – the lulav, etrog, aravot, and hadasim – represent our ability to perform and accomplish. The 7 Noahide laws represent the other nations’ ability to perform and accomplish. On Hoshana Rabbah we show our deeds are of a higher quality. For part 2 click here


September 29, 2014, by

Now available in this colorful, downloadable PDF Hoshanos are the prayers recited when the congregation forms a processional with lulav and esrog in hand. The name comes from the refrain of “hosha na,” meaning “please save.” This processional is based upon what was done in the Temple. The mishna in Succah (4:5) describes how on each day […]

Beating the Aravot on Hoshana Rabba

September 28, 2012, by

On the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Rabba, we beat a bundle of willow branches (actually one is enough) on the floor (SA OC 664:4). The source for this “beating” is in the gemara (Sukka 44b) which states that the custom was to CHABIT the willow branches. Rashi explains that CHABIT means to wave them, […]