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What is an Etrog?

An Etrog (Hebrew for citron) is a greenish/yellowish citrus fruit most commonly known for its role as one of the Four Species, which are used as part of...

What blessing do I recite when shaking my Lulav?

Take the Lulav out of the bag and hold it in your right hand (unless you're a lefty) with the spine facing you, and say: 1. Boruch attah...

How and when do I use my Lulav set?

The Ritual  On the first morning of Sukkot (unless it’s Shabbat), enter the sukkah  -- technically this can be done anywhere, but it is...

How do I dispose of my lulav and etrog?

Mrs. Rivky Kaplan: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's your question? tennisball: Can I throw away the lulav and etrog? Or what...

What is the reason for shaking the Four Species in all directions?

Below is an excerpt from the Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Eliyahu KiTov: Although the essence of the obligation is fulfilled by simply "taking"...

Why don't we shake the Four Species on Shabbat?

The reason why we do not shake the lulav, read the megillah or blow shofar on Shabbat is one. Rabbah, third century Talmudic scholar, explained the reason...

Can One be Religious and Cruel?

The Etrog  There is a moving story about the holiday of Sukkot, authored by Israeli Nobel Prize laureate and novelist, S. Y. Agnon. Jewish law...

The Complete Consumer’s Buying Guide for Lulav and Etrog

The buying season for the Four Species (the lulav, etrog, haddasim, and aravot) is in full swing. Many of you will be purchasing your “Lulav...

What is the significance of the Four Species?

The four species represent the idea of unity. Each one represents a different type of person (or different dimensions within ourselves) and bringing...

Is there anything good to be said about the willow in the four species?

Rooting for the underdog again? That’s ok. We’ll see what we can do for you.The Midrash sees the four species as embodiments of four types of...