How to Shake the Lulav

The Jewish fall harvest festival of Sukkot has a lot to offer families. Building a sukkah, decorating, eating outdoors — there’s plenty to love about the holiday. There is, however, one Sukkot tradition that might leave some families scratching their heads and asking, “What is up with that rain dance-looking ritual?”

What is a "Lulav"?

One Sukkot tradition involves the etrog, or citron, a fruit similar to a lemon, and and the lulav, a bouquet made up of palm, myrtle, and willow branches. People shake the lulav in a special way to  send a blessing out to all of creation. For a detailed breakdown of how to assemble and shake the lulav, and say the blessing, visit My Jewish Learning.

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