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Lot #    29114
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 11:34:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Ushpizin Sign for a Sukkah
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    Chaim Mechabov, artist
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Lifschitz
Publication Date    early 20c.
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   35x49cm. Tears, creases and some taping (mostly to margins). Can be covered by a mat. Center crease.
          
Detailed
Description
   Colorful Ushpizin sign for the holiday of Sukkot. Depicts holy sites in Israel as well as fruits and foliage of the land. In center are two Jews sitting in the sukkah with etrog and lulav. Surrounded by pillars and names of the seven Ushpizin (guests). According to kabbalistic tradition, the mystical seven "guests" Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, and David who visit the sukkah during the seven days of Tabernacles (cf. Zohar, 5:103b). According to the Zohar, Joseph comes after Moses and Aaron, but in most Ashkenazi mahzorim and prayer books the order is chronological. The spiritual guest of each day is invited before the meal and the text of this invitation, "Enter, exalted holy guests," is found in several Ashkenazi and Sephardi prayer books. The custom was adopted by the Hasidim and many pamphlets entitled Seder-Ushpizin, including liturgy based upon the practices of certain zaddikim (e.g., the rabbis of Belz, Zanz, etc.), began to be published in the 19th century. Decorating the sukkah wall with a plaque which bears an inscription including the names of the seven guests has also become an accepted practice. Moroccan Jews have a special compilation of prayers in honor of the ushpizin, called Hamad Elo-im, from which special sections are recited each day of the festival.
          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Israel:    Checked
  
Subject
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica
Drawings:    Checked