Dancing with ourselves on Hoshanah Rabbah and Simhat Torah
On the final days of Sukkot, we learn that the path to inner peace involves mustering all our inner forces to common purpose.
During Sukkot, observant Jews participate in a beautiful but relatively arcane ritual. We take a bundle of arba minim, four species of plants: an etrog, or citron fruit; a lulav, or palm branch; a hadas, or myrtle branch; and an aravah, or willow branch. We hold this bundle, wave it in all spatial directions, and then parade it around the sanctuary.
The act of encircling the sanctuary...