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smiling brown-skinned man holding child up to touch the colorful decorations on the roof of a sukkah

תִּיבוּ תִּיבוּ אוּשְׁפִּיזִין עִילָאִין, תִּיבוּ תִּיבוּ אוּשְׁפִּיזִין קַדִּישִׁין

tivu tivu ushpizin ila’in! tivu tivu ushpizin kadishin!

Be seated exalted guests! Be seated, holy guests!


I invite to this meal these exalted guests: Abraham, Sarah, Deborah, Isaac, Jacob, Ruth, Moses, Miriam, Hannah, Aaron, Joseph, Tamar, Batsheva and David.

On the first night:

              Please, Abraham and Sarah, let all the exalted guests, the ushpizin ila’in, sit with us and with you. [Any other guests representing hesed  caring?]

2nd night: …         Deborah and Isaac, …[ other guests representing gevurah – firmness?]

3rd:     …  Jacob and Ruth,…  [other guests representing tiferet – splendor, balance?]

4th:     …  Moses and Miriam, …[ other guests representing netzakh – enurance, prophecy?]

5th:     …  Hannah and Aaron, …[ other guests representing hod – majesty, prayerfulness?]

6th:     …  Joseph and Tamar, …[ other guests representing yesod – foundation, creativity, righteousness?]

7th:     …  Bathsheba and David, …[ other guests representing malkhut/shekhinah – presence, receptivity, royalty?]

May it be your will, ETERNAL SOURCE, that your Shekhinah dwell among us and that you spread a Sukkah of peace over us and may abundant life flow to us from there. O One full of blessing, attend well to the prayers of the hungry and the thirsty, providing them with dependable bread and life-saving water.

ושאבתם מים בששון ממעייני הישועה . x2

מים, מים, מים מים הוי מים בששון .x2

הי, הי, הי, הי,
מים(x6)  בששון.

מים(x6)  בששון.

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