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, […]
Lessons from Parshat Haazinu including why Torah is compared to water, the source of zimun, and studying Torah, plus the uniqueness of the commandment of dwelling in the Sukkah. Torah Tidbits Audio for Parshat Ha’azinu and Sukkot.
Understanding the joy associated with Sukkot, Simchat Torah and “Zot HaTorah” – “This Torah”. In one of the piyutim for Simchat Torah we refer to the Torah as “Zot HaTorah”. An exploration of what the phrase means based on the 2 places in the Torah where the phrase is used.