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beautiful table in a sukkah, framed by curtains

In our backyards, on our porches, and outside our synagogues, Jews mark the fall harvest by building sturdy—yet fragile—structures out of natural materials, symbolizing both human vulnerability and God’s protection. No harvest holiday is complete without its fertility symbols, and Sukkot—when we wave the lulav and etrog—is no exception. Welcome Jewish women from throughout the ages into your sukkah as ushpizot, honored guests. Enjoy the crisp autumn air as you decorate your sukkah, then spend time with friends and family, celebrating your blessings and committing to sharing your bounty with others.

Ushpizin: Come on In

by Lori Lefkovitz, Ph.D.
Ushpizin connects us to all our ancestors, real and imagined... One of the Sukkot rituals that gives me pause is the invitation to the ancestors that we are asked to recite when we sit down...  more
Blog Post | October 11, 2011

Sukkah Prayer for Abused Women

From Shalom Bayit, San Francisco
The organization urges affixing a purple ribbon to the sukkah and reciting this prayer for those who have experienced abuse or who do not enjoy peace and safety in their own homes.   more