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I remember last year seeing two different orders of directions for shaking the lulav. In one case people did left, right, front, back, up, down, while in the other they did front, right, back, left, up, down (so "going around the circle", clockwise from front). Is there a "correct" order, or is this just a matter of personal minhag (and people tend to follow the leader)? If there's variation, which communities do it which way?

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The way I did it is straight 3 back to me 3 up 3 n Down 3 –  MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Sep 22 '13 at 6:34

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The Shulchan Aruch (OC 651:10) indicates that the order is forward, right, backward, left (followed by up then down, as indicated by the Mishna B'rura). This is echoed by other acharonim, and, according to the Magen Avraham, even a lefty should follow this order. The Mishna B'rura writes that "this order of the na'anu'im accords with the practice in our lands" (ibid. 651:47).

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No time now before Chag, but just to note that the other version mentioned is a established custom as well. –  Double AA Sep 18 '13 at 22:53
Further, some follow the custom of the Arizal: Right, left, forward, up, down, backward. (Generally, one should ideally face east when performing the na'anu'im regardless of the minhag for the order). –  Fred Sep 18 '13 at 23:05

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