hoshana raba

Simple Faith and Commitment: Beating the Aravot on Hoshana Raba By Rabbi David Brofsky One of the most intriguing and puzzling customs of the Festival of Succot is the beating of the Aravoton Hoshana Rabba, known as “chivut arava”. The Gemara (Succa 46b) refers to this mysterious ritual, and describes how outside of the Beit …

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