This coming Friday we will celebrate Sukkot along with Shabbat. One of the traditions is to welcome a member of the “Ushpizin”, or honored guests, into your sukkah – one for each night of sukkot.
The honored guests are traditionally Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; Moses and Aaron; and Joseph and David.
More recently noteable Jewish women have been added – women who either compliment their male counterparts or stand on their own – Sarah, Rebeccah, Leah and Rachel; Miriam; Abigail and Esther.
Each of these honored and esteemed guests have traits and virtues that the family hopes will visit their house along with the guest.
Tradition tells us that each of the seven overcame an obstacle and maintained their faith: Abraham left all that he knew and settled in a foreign land; Isaac overcame famine and forged alliances; Jacob escaped his brother’s anger and fathered the 12 tribes; Joseph turned adversity (being sold into slavery) into the very thing that saved his people (avoiding starvation); Moses led the Israelites out of slavery and through the desert for 40 years; Aaron was the first high priest and beloved of the people; and David survived war and court intrigue to usher an era of relative peace so that the Temple could be built.
SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring something that is for – or like – one of the Ushpizin.
Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.