Dear Friends of Rabbanith Ruth Menashe, her family and MIDRASH BEN ISH HAI,

Thank you for the outpouring of love and respect that was shown to the Rabbanith Ruth Menashe (Ruth bat Ahuva) at the Young Israel of Great Neck. The extraordinary attendance at such short notice was nothing short of humbling and a deep and meaningful tribute to our beloved Rabbanith Ruth.

The Rabbanith and family will Be'ezrath Hashem be flying to Israel for the burial and the first part of Shib'ah. A eulogy will take place at the Shamgar in Jerusalem on Wednesday night, February 25th, Ohr LeZayin Adar. The eulogy will begin at 9:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 promptly.

We will then accompany the Rabbanith for Burial at Har Hazetim. We invite anyone who is comfortable accompanying us to join us. Security will be provided.

The family will sit Shiva at 38 Binyamin Metudela St, apartment #12 in Rehavia, Jerusalem, from Thursday morning, 7th Adar (February 26) through Mosei Shabbath (Saturday night), February 28th (Ohr L'Yod Adar).
The family will return to America to sit Shib'ah in Great Neck, NY, on Sunday evening Ohr L'Yod Alef Adar (March 1) from 7:00 p.m. through Wednesday morning, at 7 Linden Blvd., Great Neck, NY, 11021.

Prayer times are as follows:
Shaharith 7:00 a.m.
Minha And Arbith 5:20 p.m.

The family will have a large book at the entrance of the house. We request that all individuals who have been touched by the Rabbanith write about an interaction (or interactions) with her that has moved them.

Condolences may be sent via the contact form at

How to Tie the Lulab

Binding the 4 Specieshow to tie lulav and etrog - lulab and ethrogh

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There are several customs concerning the tying of the Lulab (Ashk: Lulav). We are presenting here, the two most common customs.

You will need a Lulab, 3 Hadassim (myrtle) and two ‘Araboth (willows), apart from the Ethrogh which is held separately. These make up the four species.

The length of the Lulab must be no less than 4 Tefahim (handbreadths) and the tip should not be cut or broken. Hadas and ‘Arabah must be no less than 3 Tefahim. The leaves of the Hadas must be in clusters of 3 and they must both be fresh and not dried out.

They are tied as follows:




Place the Lulab in front of you, so that the spine is facing you.

Place the Lulav in front of you, so that the spine is facing you.

1. Place one Hadas (Myrtle branch) slightly to the right of the Lulab’s spine.

Place the second Hadas completely to the right.

Place the third Hadas to it’s left.

1. Place a basket with holders for the branches, on the lulab.

2. Place one ‘Arabah (Willow branch) on the Hadassim on the right and the other on the left.

2. Place all three Hadassim (Myrtle branches) in the basket on the right.

3. Tie them together in three places on the spine (to represent the three Aboth (Patiarchs, o.b.m), with double or bow knots.

3. Place the two Aravot (Willow stems) in the basket on the left.

The Hadassim should be higher than the ‘Araboth.

When they are carried for ritual purposes, the Lulab and Ethrogh are held together, with the Lulab in the right hand and the Ethrogh in the left. They should be carried in this way, even when holding a Siddur (Prayer Book).

All the items must be placed and held in the direction in which they grow, i.e. the tops of the stems/branches facing up.

To learn what these 4 species represent and how they are used, visit our main Sukkoth page.


 Taken from the writings of the Hakham, Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe.

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