Ushpizot: Inviting Sacred Women into the Sukkah

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 7:41pm -- JOFA

by JOFA Staff

The “Ushpizin”, literally “guests”, is a Jewish custom to invite the spirits of our ancestors into the Sukkah during the seven nights of the traditional holiday (eight in the Diaspora). The Ushpizin represent the commandment to open one’s house to poor people, as well as the more kabbalistic idea that each guest has a unique character trait or energy that we would like to invite into our lives, families, communities and world. The seven traditional Ushpizin are all men. Over the past few years, women have created parallel rituals to invite “Ushpizot”, women spiritual guests, each night a different woman. Although some Ushpizot texts use the seven women who are traditionally believed to have been prophetesses, others vary the names invoked based on women whose lives had particular meaning. The ceremony suggested below uses seven Jewish ancestral women based on particular traits that they embodied, with a suggested variation at the end.

Ushpizot

Ushpizot, Judaica by Enya Tamar Keshet http://www.enyakeshet.com  

Read about a eight women you can invite into your sukkah

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Submitted by Aaron Steinberg on
The image you see above was not made by JOFA, but there is a link to Enya Tamar Keshet's website. On a related note, JOFA is working on a post of Jewish women Torah scholars to hang in your Sukkah next year. You can find out more about these posters at http://www.jofa.org/node/815 - the posters will be on sale in Spring/Summer 2014. -Aaron

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