Blessing on Taking the Lulav

The Lulav: Willow, Palm, Myrtle and Citron (Etrog)

The Lulav: Willow, Palm, Myrtle and Citron (Etrog)

This is the  meditation for the lulav and etrog from the Sidur.  My husband and I were astounded and blessed at the same time.

“May it be Your will, LORD my God and God of my fathers, that through the fruit of the citron tree, the palm frond, the myrtle branches and willows of the brook, the letters of Your unique name draw close to one another and become united in my hand.  Make it known I am called by Your name, so that [evil] will fear to come close to me.  When I wave them, may a rich flow of blessings flow from the supreme Sour of wisdom to the place of the Tabernacle and the site of the House of our God.  May the command of these four species be considerd by You as iif I had fulfilled it in all its details and roots, as well as the 613 commandments dependent on it, for it is my intention to unify the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, and His Divine Presence, in reverance and love, to unify the name Yod-Hey with Vav Heh, in perfect unity in the name of all Israel, Amen.  Blessed is the LORD forever, Amen and Amen. (Ps. 89).”

Blessed are You LORD our God, King of the Universe, who has made us holy through His commandments, and has commanded us about taking the lulav.

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the Universe, who has given us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this season.

© Koren Siddur

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