by Judith T. Fox

Translator’s note: I’ve attempted to keep these definitions very brief. Fuller explanations of many of these themes are available elsewhere on this site and I encourage you to read them. If you still have questions, have other words you want defined, or just want more information, please contact the Director of Congregational Learning,  at 860-233-2774,

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Laila Tov -  Good night
Lulav -  A palm branch used on the holiday of Succot. On the holiday of Succot we say a special prayer over a bouquet of plants including a palm branch, willow branches (aravot) and myrtle branches (Hadassot). The Etrog (citron) is carried with these branches. These items are also paraded around the synagogue during holiday services in a special procession.