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Sukkah 37: Waving in the Rainy Season

Anything that is present to beautify the 4 species will not be a barried to separate between the person doing the mitzvah and the mitzvah itself – in the context of “taking” the lulav. Plus, a bunch of halakhic positions about the 4 species by Rabbah and the risk of such a barrier. Plus, the difference between smelling and eating your etrog (and smelling the myrtle). Plus, on Hallel! And the various wavings of the lulav during Hallel. Why haven’t we discussed waving until now? The waving of the offering of Shetei HaLechem informs how we wave lulav. Do these motions give us control over nature? Perhaps, as long as we don’t invoke the Satan.

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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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