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This prayer, used by rabbis and individuals for communal mourning, was written by Kolot staff after September 11, 2001. Betsy Platkin Teutsch donated the Hebrew lettering.
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“When you sit in the sukkah, the ‘canopy of faith,’ the Shechinah, the Divine Presence, spreads Her wings over you … and ushpizin (righteous guests) join you as well. Rejoice each and every day of the festival together with these honored guests …”
The revived tradition is to invite the ushpizot: Sarah, Miriam Deborah, Avigail, Hannah, Huldah, and Esther along with the traditional ushpizin: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David to join you each night under your sukkah.
May your sukkah be filled with honored friends, beloved family, righteous guests, rejoicing, and peace.
To download and print a full-size version for your sukkah, click here.
For centuries, Jews have modified, adapted, and written prayers for themselves and their children—taking from the past, interpreting the present and creating for the future. Kolot participates in this sacred tradition of creating a "living Judaism."
An example of this is the Kolot Hanukah blessings, which, in the Hebrew, address God using feminine pronouns, thus encouraging us to consider how we can embrace all aspects of God. Ask yourself: How does our attitude toward authority shift when we address God in the feminine?
Try alternating the use of feminine prayer language in your Hebrew prayers. Download Kolot's Hanukah Blessings card so that you, your family and friends can explore your concepts of the Divine.