The gemarah (succah 44a-b) indicates that we beat (or according to Rashi, wave) the arava on Hoshana Rabba, what is the symbolic or theological reason behind doing this?
On Hoshana Rabba after one uses (Klaps) his Hoshanos may another person use the same Hoshanos?
Is hitting the Hoshanos on the ground a universal practice? And what is the source for this custom?
I know that some people specifically daven ke-vasikin on Hoshana Rabbah. Is this only because they stayed awake all night and thus want to daven as early as possible, or is there a more direct and ...