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962. Waving the Lulav During Hallel
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137:3 It is proper for one to remove his tefillin before taking the lulav, or at least to remove the strap around his hand so that it will not be a barrier between his hand and the lulav. It is also advisable to remove any rings one might have on his fingers. 137:4 The order […]
961. Shaking the Lulav
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137:1 One takes the lulav, joined together with the hadassim and aravos, in his right hand with the spine of the lulav facing him; he takes the esrog in his left hand. Because we need to recite a bracha before performing a mitzvah, and since the esrog must be held the way it grows in […]
960. Species That Were Brought on Shabbos
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136:9 An arava that was picked on yom tov – whether on the first day or the second day – may not be used or even handled on that day because it is pure muktzeh. If it was picked on the first day of yom tov, it may be used on the second day. However, […]
959. Binding the Species
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136:7 A Jew must not cut the four species from the tree for himself, even if he has permission from the owner of the land. Rather, a non-Jew or another Jew should cut them and one should then buy them from him. (If the Jew did cut them for himself, with the land-owner’s permission, they […]
958. The Aravos
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136:5  The arava (willow) has extended leaves, smooth edges and a red stem, though if its stem is green, the arava is still kosher because the stem turns red when it remains on the tree. Most of this species grows near rivers, which is why it’s called “arvei nachal” (willows of the river), but if […]
957. More About the Hadassim
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136:3  The minimum required length of the hadassim is three handbreadths (about 10.5 or 11 inches) but in a case of need, ten thumb-breadths (about 8.5 or 9 inches) is sufficient. The whole hadas should be three-leaved from bottom to top but in a case of need, if a small portion at the bottom is […]
956. The Lulav and Hadassim
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136:1 It is already the practice for one who buys an esrog and a lulav, if he is not familiar with the laws, to show them to a rabbi who can determine whether or not they are fit for use. This is because there are many detailed laws involved. One should try to buy a […]