b'JEWISH CALENDAR COMPANIONIn putting aside the other species, and taking only the one that represents prayer, it is as if we are saying that despite few merits and minimal knowledge, we still pray for repairing the past and a sweet year ahead, even if the only thing we have to show for ourselves is our words.Today, when we are in synagogue, or tomorrow in the Temple, we take the willow branches and we say Hoshana - please save - not because of our deeds; not because of our Torah knowledge; just because. Similarly, whilst we may or may not know the reason for beating the willow leaves on the ground, we do it anyway, just because.Portuguese synagogue of Amsterdam at Sukkot. Engraving by Bernard Picart 1720. 23'