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'?
2See 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.– LeeOct 11, 2014 at 20:27
In other words, it can be only understood by understanding the Kabbalah behind the wobbling - the Minim, the directions, etc.– Al BerkoSep 27, 2018 at 22:18
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?– bondonkSep 28, 2018 at 11:19
@bondonk judaism.stackexchange.com/q/117617/759– Double AA ♦Sep 24, 2020 at 16:26