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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xxii ] (Hebrew: Sukkoi ) Seven-day Jewish autumn festival (C hagim ) during which traditional Jews dwell in a tabernacle ( sukkah ), thus giving the festival its name, to remember the desert booths in which the Israelites lived after the E xodus from Egypt. They also take four agricultural species: a palm branch ( lulav ), a citrus fruit ( etrog ), three myrtle and two willow branches, and shake them each day to symbolize the end of the agricultural year and the beginning of the rainy season. The four species are waved during morning prayers in S ynagogue , except on the Sabbath (S habbat ), and are carried round the synagogue bimah platform while hoshana (‘hosanna’) prayers are chanted [59; xx ; 69: 191; 70: 180]. On the seventh day of Tabernacles, hoshana rabba , seven such circumambulations take place. The eighth day of Tabernacles is a separate festival called S hemini atzeret. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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