Ushpizata: Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin
Found In: Welcoming Guests: Ushpizin / Ushpizot
By Rabbi David Mevorach Seidenberg | Complete Ceremony
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Behold we come here to fulfill the mitzvah to dwell in the sukkah, as YHVH our God commanded in the Torah: “Seven days you will dwell in sukkot, so that your generations will know that I made Israel’s children dwell in sukkot when I brought them from Egypt.”
For the sake of uniting the Holy One and the Shekhinah, to unify the name Y”H with V”H in complete unity, I invite to my meal, in the name of all Israel, the exalted guests, ushipizin ila’in v’ushpizata ila’ata.
By the power of this commandment, may there be drawn down from the highest, holy Mother, from the place of Leah our mother to Rachel our mother, the Encompassing Light of
[Day One] Love within Love
[Day Two] Love within Judgment
[Day Three] Love within Beauty
[Day Four] Love within Eternal Victory
[Day Five] Love within Majesty
[Day Six] Love within Foundation
[Day Seven] Love within Sovereignty
Come up exalted holy guests, come up exalted holy fathers, come up exalted holy mothers, come sit in the shade of exalted faith, in the shadow of the Holy One, blessed be.
Note: Each of the seven fathers and mothers represents one of the seven lower Sefirot, which are also called “days”. We bring the energy of each day into the sukkah through Ushpizin, and through this, according to Kabbalah, we bring blessing to the earth and cosmos, to all being, and fertility to Eretz Yisra’el.
[Day One] Come up Abraham, merciful one, holy father. Come up Ruth, devoted kallah-daughter. Come up with them, Isaac, Jacob, Moshe, Aaron, Yosef and David, Sarah, Rebecca, Miriam, Deborah, Tamar and Rachel.
[Day Two] Come up Isaac, bound one.
Come up Sarah, mistress, holy mother.
Come up with them, Abraham, Jacob, Moshe, Aaron, Yosef and David, Ruth, Rebecca, Miriam, Deborah, Tamar and Rachel.
[Day Three] Come up Jacob, perfect, whole one. Come up Rivkah, God-seeker. Come up with them, Abraham, Isaac, Moshe, Aaron, Yosef and David, Ruth, Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Tamar and Rachel.
[Day Four] Come up Moshe, faithful shepherd. Come up Miriam, the prophet, wellspring of the exalted stream. Come up with them, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Aaron, Yosef and David, Ruth, Sarah, Rebecca, Deborah, Tamar and Rachel.
[Day Five] Come up Aaron, holy priest.
Come up Deborah, the prophet, judge of Israel.
Come up with them, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moshe, Aaron, Yosef and David, Ruth, Sarah, Rebecca, Miriam, Tamar and Rachel.
[Day Six] Come up Yosef, righteous one.
Come up Tamar, righteous one, bearer of mashiach.
Come up with them, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moshe, Aaron and David, Ruth, Sarah, Rebecca, Miriam, Deborah and Rachel.
[Day Seven] Come up David, anointed King.
Come up Rachel, mother weeping for her children.
Come up with them, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moshe, Aaron and Yosef, Ruth, Sarah, Rebecca, Miriam, Deborah and Tamar.
“These seven days (levels) will dwell in the Sukkot...” Sit, sit exalted guests, sit, sit holy guests, sit in the shadow of exalted faith, in the shade of the Holy One.
God full of compassion, make your Presence, Shekhinah, rest among us, and spread over us a sukkah of compassion and peace. Encompass us with the radiance of the Shekhinah, heal the heavens from our wounding actions and purify us from our sins. As an eagle awakens its nest, may you awaken the flow of life-energy to flow upon your world to give life to all, and water them. Give the hungry their bread faithfully, and grant us merit to dwell many days on the earth. Blessed be Yah for all time, Amen,
Blessed be You, Adonai, Our God, Ruler of all space, all time, who made us holy through commandments, and commanded us to dwell in the sukkah.
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