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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