A Mouth of Torah
Elifaz, the suffering Job’s friend, in his third and final response to Job’s dilemma, insists that Job’s suffering must have come as a response either to failings in his treatment of other people or his thoughts denying Divine Providence.
“Benefit yourself by being with God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in your heart.
If you return to the One Who Shapes our development, you will be restored (Job 22:21-23).”
The Aravah represents the mouth, as in, “Accept instruction from His mouth,” God’s mouth that speaks to us through His Torah, and instructs us in how to interact with other people.
Each gesture with the Aravah is our way of demonstrating how we are reaching to access the Torah in God’s mouth so that our “return,” Teshuvah, of Yom Kippur, “will be restored.