aravot

Alternative Spellings

araves, aravos, aroves, arovos, arava, arovo, arove, aravah, arovoh, aroveh

Definitions

  • "the branches of the willow that are part of the lulav used on Sukkot" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "Come on, beat those aravot until there isn't a single leaf left!" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

ערבה, ערבות arava, aravot 'willow, willows'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

Singular arava, plural aravot. A lulav has two aravot.

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