On Sukkot, the fall harvest holiday, we shake the lulav, made up of the palm, myrtle, and willow branches and the etrog (citron). We shake front, back, up, down, and side to side. As we shake, we reach out and draw in.

This year, with each shake of the lulav, may we remember the refugees in every corner of the world in need of our help, drawing their story into our hearts.

A commentary on the Torah teaches that the lulav represents various parts of the human body. The palm is the spine, the myrtle the eyes, the willow the mouth, and the etrog the heart. May we find the courage to open our eyes to the suffering of the world’s refugees and the strength to speak out as their champions, embracing their plight with generous hearts.

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