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Blessing for the Lulav

The Lulav (palm branch) is held up in the right hand, and the Etrog is held pitom end (pointy side) down in the left hand.  The three hadassim (myrtle) should be on the right of the lulav. The two aravot (willow) should be on the left. Facing east, recite the blessing. Then turn the etrog up and shake the entire bundle three times in each of six directions: straight ahead, right, back, left, up, and down.

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu al n'tilat lulav.

Blessed are You, Adonai our

 G-d, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to take up theLulav. 

The first time you wave the Lulav each year, recite the blessing marking a special occasion:

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehechehyanu, v'kiy'manu, v'higianu laz'man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our G-d, Sovereign of all who, has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.

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