After a period of seriousness and reflection during the Days of Awe, we are ready for the joyous holiday of sukkot. During Sukkot, "the season of happiness", we rejoice in the knowledge that G-d has inscribed us for a good and healthy new year.
On each day of sukkot, except for Shabbat, we observe the special mitzvah of shaking the Lulav (palm branch) and the Ettog (citron). Together with the Hadas (myrtle) and the Arava (willow), these plants represent the various types of Jews who together form the Jewish nation.
We shake all four species to affirm the unity of the Jewish nation.
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