Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Why we shake the Arba Minim on Succot


"When do we begin to mention rain in our prayers?

"R' Eliezer said: When we pick up the lulav [at the start of Succot].

"R' Yehoshua said: When we put down the lulav [at the end of Succot].

"R' Eliezer explained: This is because these four species come only to gain favor for [the year's] water. Just as these four species cannot exist without water, so the world cannot exist without water."

(Talmud, Taanit 2b)

Have a great Yom Tov,

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