Hoshana Rabbah: Why We Thrash Part I

The Prequel Almost a year ago Sukkos time, I contacted a friend of mine, by the name of Reuven Chaim Klien, the esteemed author of Loshon HaKodesh: History, Holiness & Hebrew, to ask him whether he had ever heard of a pagan origin of the Jewish custom to thrash willow branches on the ground at the end of the services on the last day of…