Mishna Berura 676:10 quotes our sages: "Whenever you make a turning, it should only be towards the right".

However, it appears to me that we usually turn to the left (counter-clockwise) when shaking the Lulav and saying Bo'i Kala during Lecha Dodi

Is counter-clockwise called "turning right", or is there another explanation?

  • Hakafos are going round something, not spinning round .
    – CashCow
    Oct 12, 2015 at 16:22
  • @CashCow Good point. I'll limit it to those that involve actual spinning.
    – Adám
    Oct 12, 2015 at 16:24
  • @GershonGold Was already linked. Maybe you mean to state something?
    – Adám
    Oct 12, 2015 at 20:49
  • @GershonGold I didn't realize that. If you have a source, you may want to answer that question (thus providing an alternative to the Arizal way).
    – Adám
    Oct 12, 2015 at 20:51

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Orach Chaim 651:10 says that one should circle to the right when shaking the Lulav. That is the Minhag Ashkenaz. Your question remains according to the Minhag Arizal.

  • Minhag Yerushalayim follows the Ari and AFAIK, it is the same as Ashkenaz. Nov 12, 2015 at 0:26

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