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The beracha upon shaking the arba minim is 'על נטילת לולב'? Why is the focus on the lulav specifically rather than a more general blessing like 'על נטילת ארבעה מינים'?

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    See Hayim Vital's Peri Etz Hayim, Sha'ar HaLulav, Pereq Gimel. I'm not going to pretend to understand it, but I found it by doing a basic search. – Lee Oct 11 '14 at 20:27
  • In other words, it can be only understood by understanding the Kabbalah behind the wobbling - the Minim, the directions, etc. – Al Berko Sep 27 '18 at 22:18
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The Gemara (Sukkah 37B) asks the same question:

R. Jeremiah enquired of R. Zerika, Why in the blessing do we say only ‘To take the palm-branch’? — Because it towers above the others. Then why should not one lift up the ethrog and recite the blessing over it? — The reason is, the other answered him, that as a species it naturally towers above all of them.

  • Still leaves the question of why height is the most important? – bondonk Sep 28 '18 at 11:19

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