By Bradley Shavit Artson, Ziegler School
This CJ Journal article originally appeared in Vol. 48, No. 4, Summer, 1996, pp. 26–34. The introduction follows below:
One of Judaism's oddest rituals is that of beating the aravot (willow fronds) during the services for Hoshana Rabbah, the final Hol ha-Mo’ed day of Sukkot.