אֻשְׁפִּיזִין הַזְמָנָה לְאִמּוֹתֵינוּ בָּסֻּכָּה
Lit. Guests (Aramaic) Biblical "guests" invited into the sukkah on each of the seven nights of the holiday. While the traditional ushpizin were all male, a new custom has been created, inviting female guests (ushpizot) as well. The seven ushpizin are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David. The seven female ushpizot are Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, Miriam, Abigail, and Esther. hazmanah l’imoteynu basukkah.
In the Kabbalistic custom of the Ushpizin, seven of our fathers are invited to join us in our Lit. hut or booth A temporary hut constructed outdoors for use during Sukkot, the autumn harvest festival. Many Jews observe the mitzvah of living in the Sukkah for the week of Sukkot, including taking their meals and sleeping in the Sukkah.. Just as our mothers are not invited to the sukkah in the Ushpizin, we, today, are not wholly invited to the synagogue and to the centers of Jewish community. In many places we can participate with men, but we cannot speak our most profound spiritual truths. And if we are invited on condition of our silence, we do not enter as whole people.
This Lit. Booths or huts Sukkot is the autumn harvest Festival of Booths, is celebrated starting the 15th of the Jewish month of Tishrei. Jews build booths (sukkot), symbolic of the temporary shelters used by the ancient Israelites when they wandered in the desert. Traditionally, Jews eat and sleep in the sukkah for the duration of the holiday (seven days in Israel and eight outside of Israel). The lulav (palm frond), willow, myrtle, and etrog fruit are also waved together., we invite seven of our mothers to join us in our sukkah to share their wisdom and power.
We invite to our meal the honored guests:
The first matriarch, wife of Abraham, and mother of Isaac, whom she birthed at the age of 90. Sarah, in Rabbinic tradition, is considered holy, beautiful, and hospitable. Many prayers, particularly the Amidah (the central silent prayer), refer to God as Magen Avraham – protector of Abraham. Many Jews now add: pokehd or ezrat Sarah – guardian or helper of Sarah., Rivkah, The third of the Jewish matriarchs, Lead is the eldest of Lavan's daughters and one of the wives of Jacob. She is the daughter whom Lavan tricks Jacob into marrying instead of his younger daughter Rachel, whom Jacob has requested to marry. Leah is mother to six of the the twelve tribes and to one daughter, Dinah., Lavan's younger daughter and Jacob's beloved wife second wife (after he is initially tricked into marrying her older sister, Leah). Rachel grieves throughout her life that she is barren while Leah is so fertile. Ultimately, Rachel gives birth to Joseph and dies in childbirth with Benjamin. Rachel is remembered as compassionate (she is said to still weep for her children), and infertile women often invoke Rachel as a kind of intercessor and visit her tomb on the road to Bethlehem., Dina is Jacob's only daughter and the sister of the twelve tribes., Miriam is the sister of Moses and Aaron. As Moses' and Aaron's sister she, according to midrash, prophesies Moses' role and helps secure it by watching over the young baby, seeing to it that Pharaoh's daughter takes him and that the baby is returned to his mother for nursing. During the Israelites' trek through the desert, a magical well given on her behalf travels with the Israelites, providing water, healing, and sustenance., and An important female biblical character with her own book. The Book of Ruth, read on Shavuot, tells the story of Ruth’s devotion to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and their return to Israel. Ruth’s story is often read as the first story of conversion. Ruth is the grandmother of King David..
נְזַמֵּר לִסְעֻדָתֵינוּ אוֹרְחוֹת נִכְבָּדוֹת
שָׂרָה רִבְקָה לֵאָה רָחֵל דִּינָה מִרְיָם וְרוּת
N’zamer lisudateynu orkhot nikhbadot.
Sarah Rivkah Leah Rakhel Dina is Jacob's only daughter and the sister of the twelve tribes. Miriam is the sister of Moses and Aaron. As Moses' and Aaron's sister she, according to midrash, prophesies Moses' role and helps secure it by watching over the young baby, seeing to it that Pharaoh's daughter takes him and that the baby is returned to his mother for nursing. During the Israelites' trek through the desert, a magical well given on her behalf travels with the Israelites, providing water, healing, and sustenance. v’Rut.
Sit, sit, honored guests.
שְׁבוּ, שְׁבוּ אוֹרְחוֹת נִכְבָּדוֹת
Shuvu, Shuvu orkhot nikhbadot.
Sit, sit, wise guests.
שְׁבוּ, שְׁבוּ אוֹרְחוֹת פִּקְחוֹת
Shuvu, shuvu orkhot pikkhot.
Sit, sit, absent guests for whom we have waited.
שְׁבוּ, שְׁבוּ אוֹרְחוֹת חֲסֵרוֹת שֶׁחִכִּינוּ לָהֶן
Shuvu, shuvu orkhot khaseyrot shekhikinu lahen.
Sit, sit. The meal has been prepared already – this time you do not have to cook or serve.
שְׁבוּ, שְׁבוּ הַסְעֻדָה כְּבָר מוּכָנָה הַפָּעַם הַזֹּאת אֵין עֲלֵיכֶן לְבַשֵּׁל אוֹ לְהַגִּישׁ
Shuvu, shuvu hasudah k’var mukhanah hapa’am hazot eyn aleykhen l’vashel o’ l’hagish.
Sarah, our mother, infertile until God remembered you, we invite you. Teach us to welcome mothers, women without children, women blessed in years, women with unique bodies, and women with disabilities.
Rivkah, our mother, who inquired of God and knew the future, we invite you. Teach us to welcome women who use their power in ways we might not yet understand.
Leah, our mother, despised by your husband, recipient of your sister’s jealousy, we invite you. Teach us to welcome women in their own right and not in the order of their preference by men.
Rachel, our mother, who waited for fourteen years for love because of your father, we invited you. Teach us to welcome women not yet in power over their own lives, not to judge their choices but to give them strength.
Dinah, our mother, pared by a stranger and silenced by your male relatives, we invite you. Teach us to welcome women who are survivors of sexual assault.
Miriam, our mother, stricken with leprosy after you questioned Moses’ exclusive relationship with God, we invite you. Teach us to welcome women with spiritual leadership. Lead us, prophet, in the song to God that is not yet sung. Praise Her with your voice and your body.
Ruth, our mother, who chose a Jewish women’s path and her God, we invite you. Teach us to honor women who choose Judaism, women who love women, lesbian women, and bisexual women.
May it be your will, Source of Wholeness, our God and the God of our mother and fathers, to sprad over us a sukkah of peace, and just as this year we invited our mothers and ourselves to our sukkah, that we will sit next year in a whole sukkah, to which all of Am Yisrael is invited, quickly in our lifetime, Amen, Selah. Next year in a whole Lit. City of peace From the time of David to the Roman destruction, Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and the spiritual and governmental center of the Jewish people. During the long exile, Jews longed to return to Jerusalem and wrote poems, prayers, and songs about the beloved city. In 1967, with the capture of the Old City, Jerusalem was reunited, becoming "the eternal capital of Israel." Still, the longing for peace is unfulfilled..
יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ מְקוֹר הַשְּׁלֵמוּת, אֱלֹהֵינוּ וְאֱלוֹהֵי אִמּוֹתֵינוּ וַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁתִּפְרֹשׁ עָלֵינוּ סֻכַּת שָׁלוֹם, וּכְשֵׁם שֶׁהִזְמָנוּ אֶת אִמּוֹתֵינוּ וְאֶת עַצְמֵנוּ לְסוּכַּתֵנוּ, כֵּן נֵשֵׁב בַּשָּׁנָה הַבָּאָה בְּסֻכָּה שְׁלֵמָה אֵלֶיהָ מֻזְמָן כֹּל עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל, בִּמְהֵרָה בְּיָמֵינוּ, אָמֵן סֶלָה. לְשָׁנָה הַבָּאָה בִּירוּשָׁלַיִם הַשְּׁלֵמָה
Y’hi ratzon milfaneykha m’kor hashleymut, eloheynu v’elohey imoteynu va’avoteynu, sh’tifrosh Prayer proclaiming God’s kingship, said near the conclusion of the prayer service. sukat shalom, u’khshem she’hizmanu et imoteynu v’et atzmeynu l’sukateynu, keyn neshev bashanah haba’ah b’sukah sh’leymah eyleyha moozman kol am Yisrael, bimheyrah b’yameynu, amen selah. L’shanah haba’ah birushalayim hashleymah.