Ushpizin: Not Just A Movie

There is a widespread minhag amongst Klal Yisrael to invite the 7 Ushpizin to our sukka. The minhag is that on each day of Sukkos, we invite one of the Ushpizin and with him, we invite the other 6. The Nusach of how we invite them and the order of the invitations change based on which sector of Klal Yisrael you come from. The two main traditions of the order are:

  • Avraham; Yitzchak, Yaakov, Moshe , Aharon, Yosef and Dovid. This tradition is what is accepted in many Chasidic courts.
  • Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov, Yosef, Moshe, Aharon and Dovid. This tradition is found in those few Lithuanian communities that have taken upon themselves this minhag and as well as some Sephardic communities.

The minhag of Ushpizin is not found in Shas or Poskim, non withstanding the fact that it is not even mentioned in the Shulchan Aruch or other peirushim. For some reason this minhag became very popular, probably due to its mysterious nature. As I started thinking about this, the following questions came to mind:

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