Hoshana Rabba

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Learning on Hashana Rabba

  1. It’s the practice of Israel to learn on the night of Hoshana Rabba and some stay up all night. It’s proper to read the Seder Leil Hoshana Rabba (printed in some machzorim) which includes reading Sefer Devarim, Midrash Rabba on VeZvot HaBracha, and then Tehillim. [1]
  2. One who stays up all night should make all the Brachot HaShachar in the morning except for Netilat Yadayim. [2]
  3. Someone who stayed up all night may say Brachot HaTorah only after Olot HaShachar pasted. [3]
  4. It’s the Sephardic minhag to say Hashem Hu HaElokim prior to Hashem Melech in Shacharit and to add Shir HaMaalot after Yishtabach. [4]


  1. The seventh day of Sukkot is also called Hoshana Rabba. On Hashana Rabba, it is the custom of many communities to say extra Hoshanot (prayer said while holding the lulav and etrog) and to circle the Teyvaa seven times. [5]

Untying the Lulav

  1. It’s not our practice to untie the lulav on Hoshana Rabba. [6]
  2. However, if one wants to untie the egged around the lulav one should only untie it after one fulfilled the mitzvah already. [7]


  1. Mishna Brurah 664:1, Chazon Ovadyah (Sukkot pg 438)
  2. Chazon Ovadyah (Sukkot pg 438)
  3. Chazon Ovadyah (Sukkot pg 438) writes that if one makes the Brachot HaTorah before Olot HaShachar, one is making a Bracha Levatala.
  4. Chazon Ovadyah (Sukkot pg 438)
  5. S”A 664:1, Mishna Brurah 664:10, Chazon Ovadyah (Sukkot pg 438)
  6. Even though S”A 664:1 writes that it’s the minhag to untie the egged on the lulav on Hoshana Rabba, Chazon Ovadyah (Sukkot pg 439-440) writes that it’s not our minhag to untie the lulav at all.
  7. Chazon Ovadyah (Sukkot pg 440)