Friday, October 13, 2006

Weird Minhagim.



Aravot on top of the Aron Kodesh? Simply strange.

Shabbat Shalom and a Chag Sameach!

--Jameel


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11 comments:

Chana said...

This reminds me of mistletoe and holly bedecking mantlepieces...

Fern R said...

Chana--That's what I was going to say!

Jameel--Where is that picture from?

Mike Miller said...

Are you all serious? Every shul I've ever been in stores the aravos from Hoshana Rabbah above the aron, until Pesach. What do you do with yours?

Actually, maybe that's the difference. Aravos go above the Aron, Aravot don't.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Mike - Till Pesach? That seems like torture for the allergy sufferers our there. Actually, most shuls I've seen have the aravot taken down already by Shmini Atzeret night...

Chana: Yes, but I don't think the only kissing going on underneath the mistletoe is the Torah and the Parochet.

Fern: I think its a shul in Uzbekestan.

Air Time said...

Last year I found a source for the minhag, but i can't remember what it is.

~ Sarah ~ said...

i was under the same impression as mike, that they are kept up there until pesach when they are used to burn the chametz because i don't think you can just chuck them out as they were used for a mitzvah.

maybe they are put on top of the aron so people don't forget where they are for when they need them. for some reason dad came home with a giant bag full of aravot so I guess we're storing them here :P

shavua tov!

David Fink said...

In the Beit Hamikdash, they laid massive Aravot against the mizbeach on the Hashana Raba.

YMedad said...

Fern asks where that picture is from. And from where is Fern's picture?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

YMedad: I think this picture is from a synagogue in Uzbekistan.

No clue where Fern's picture is from!

(And David Fink is totally correct about the minhag of the mizbeach in the Beit HaMikdash and the aravot -- I guess they eventually got burned on the mizbeach [altar], and it didn't affect allergy sufferers till Pesach like they do in shuls today)

Mike Miller said...

Wow. Is that _the_ David Fink?

Englander said...

I believe that the Arovos on the Mizbeach were more than a minhag, rather Halocho LeMoshe MiSinai.

The Mishna in Sukkos explains that they would go down from the Beis Hamikdosh to Motza (just outside Jslm) to collect the arovos. They still grow there in profusion today.

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