Welcoming Guests: Ushpizin / Ushpizot

Sukkot is associated with hospitality. We welcome guests into our sukkah; we appreciate the beauty of our friends’ sukkot and the meals they serve us there. We also invite ushpizin—imaginary honored guests, traditionally in the form of iconic male biblical characters. We suggest expanding your guest list to include women, portrayals of Jewish heroes, or people who have taught you lessons about hospitality.

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Bringing mindfulness to the act of welcoming guests through a chant and series of ritual intentions

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“I struggle this year to choose who to invite”

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I in the Sukkah

In this place, any one of us can be.

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Biblical heroines are invited to the sukkah, along with the traditional honored male “guests”

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