Fervent and joyous, the Hoshana service is a highlight of Succos. Lulav and esrog in hand, willow branches beating on the synagogue floor, the jubilant outburst. The voice of the herald, Elijah the Prophet, heralds and proclaims the coming of Messiah! Each day another Hoshana. Finally on Hoshana Rabbah-congregations around the world make seven circuits around the Torah-reading table. The Sages teach that the Heavenly decrees of Yom Kippur are sealed and made final on Hoshana Rabbah. Now, for the very first time, the entire Hoshana service is brought to you in all its beauty, poetry, and meaning, a new English translation, a lucid, complete commentary, a profound and informative Overview, all the ingredients that have made the ArtScroll Series the most popular and significant project in the history of English-language Torah literature.
by Rabbi Nosson Scherman / Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz