Hoshana Rabbah – The last and critical day of Sukkot
On this day we complete the process started on Rosh Hashanah. The ‘verdict’ and the shape of the coming year is defined, written, and about to be sealed and executed. The last opportunity to change it is on the night of Hoshana Rabbah because just before the end of the morning prayer, the books are sealed and ‘broadcasted’ to all levels to execute the plan for each individual.
The best way to close the last year and start a new one in a better way is to dwell in the study all night or at least until after midnight.
We read the entire book of Deuteronomy, the entire Idra Zuta, and the book of Psalms and give Tzedakah if we didn’t give enough between Rosh Hashanah and Hoshana Rabba. Tzedakah saves from death!
Deuteronomy is the last book of the Torah and represents Malchut and the ‘seal’ of the Torah. It also represents the manifestation of the blessings God gave us through Moses. Moses passed away at the end of the book and as we learned, the passing of Tzadikim help with our cleansing process.
The Idra Zuta is the last teaching of Rabbi Shimon. It connects us to the spiritual opening that is available on this night. Rabbi Nissim Peretz of righteous memory tells us that the secrets of father and mother revealed in the Idra Zuta are the aspect of the ‘seal’ at the night of Hoshana Rabba.
The Idra Zuta describes the passing of Rabbi Shimon and his ascend with great honor. 70 righteous souls opened a channel and welcomed him to the heavens. His merits help us in sweetening the judgments that we may have in our life. Moses was one of Rabbi Shimon’s teachers in the Zohar.
Psalms are written by King David, who is the aspect of Malchut. He taught us humility and trust in YHVH in all of our actions. Psalms give us tremendous power of manifestation in the world we live in and because of that, we read it only during the daytime or after midnight.
It’s better to start with Deuteronomy at night before midnight then continues with Idra Zuta and finish with Psalms. It’s a lot to read and we should do our best to connect and ‘taste’ from the three books as much as we can.
The book of Deuteronomy
Idra Zuta online
Idra Zuta Playlist on SoundCloud (Audio only)
Read Psalms in Unity so you won’t have to read the entire book by yourself
The Zohar explains that the five Aravot (5 willow branches) that we hit on the ground in the morning have left in the shape of lips. This day depends on the ‘lips’, which are our prayers and studies. On this day the ‘king’ orders to give the ‘notes’ (Pitka) to the appointee and the judgment process ends. We start a new year, and the merits that we earned during the previous year and through the process started on Rosh Hashanah begin to manifest in our lives.
Remember that when we hit the five branches five times to the ground we ‘ground’ judgments and raise Chassadim. Each hit and branch corresponds to one of the final letters םןץףך. (They come after the 22 Hebrew letters that created the world). The םןץףך will turn into complete Chassadim in the Final redemption.
This is a Tzedakah link especially for those who didn’t give since Rosh Hashanah. You may give to any of your favorite channels of Light. The importance is to give according to your ability and have more merits before the final seal is done.
Tzedakah - Hoshanah Rabba