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Jewish Holidays

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

Hoshanos

September 29, 2014, by

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 of Sukkos, the kohanim (priests) […]

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, […]

Hoshanah Rabbah: An Overview

June 29, 2006, by

Hoshana Rabbah is the seventh and last day of Sukkot, which is the day before Shmini Atzeres. Named for the fact that more hoshanot are said on this day than all the previous days of the festival. On Hoshana Rabbah the beating of the aravah, willow branch, is performed. Although Hoshana Rabbah was not accorded […]

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