Rabbi Linda's Weekly Message

September 20, 2018
11 Tishri 5779

Parashat Ha'Azinu
Deuteronomy 32:1 - 32:52

According to the 13th-century, mystical Sefer Hazohar (The Book of Splendor):

“When you sit in the sukkah, the 'canopy of faith,' the Shekhinah, 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.

Who would you invite?

May your sukkah be filled with honored friends, beloved family, righteous guests, rejoicing, and peace.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn