Why Beat the Willow?

When tradition is silent, symbolic explanations arise.

The Ritual of Beating the Willow

How did this Sukkot tradition develop?

Simchat Beit Hashoavah: The Water-Drawing Festival

This lively ancient Sukkot ritual included juggling and gymnastics.

Hoshana: Beseeching God

A unique aspect of the Sukkot service

Strengthening Bonds

We draw closer to God as the month of Tishrei draws to a close.

Closing the Season of Repentance

Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, marks the thematic end of the High Holiday period.

The Prayer for Rain

Connecting physical and spiritual needs at the end of Sukkot.

Bringing The Cycle To An End

The end of the fall holiday season looks forward to redemption.

Sukkot History Up to the Second Temple Period

Observances in ancient times were associated with the land.

Exodus 33:12-34:26: Observing the Festivals

The Torah reading for the Shabbat that falls on the intermediate days of Sukkot.

Sukkot in Modern Times

Some old customs have been revitalized