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Lights of the Lulav
Through the lulav, we draw down supernal consciousness
Before Rosh Hashanah, Zeir Anpin and Nukva are connected back-to-back. Thus, Zeir Anpin must be put to sleep; his intellectual facilities must ascend to Imma, rendering him unconscious. Afterwards, He and Nukva are face-to-face and their "reuniting" progresses step by step.
Origin of (4) Species
Kabbalah illustrates the mystical roots of the Four Species of Sukkot.
The mitzva of the Four Species of Sukkot requires 1 etrog, 1 lulav, 3 hadas branches and 2 willow branches. Thus there are actually 7 in all, alluding to the seven sefirot that build the world, as Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai explains.
Ceilings of Consciousness
Kabbalah teaches that the roof of the sukkah channels divine consciousness.
While the explicit reason for dwelling in a sukkah during the holiday of Sukkot is to commemorate the miraculous exodus from Egypt and G-d's shelter as we traveled through the desert, the Ari explains that the sukkah serves as a model of the spiritual worlds and conduit for expanded consciousness, channeling divine benevolence into the Lower Realms.
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