HaUshpizin: Get Inspired on the Feast of Tabernacles

An unforgettable look at the struggle of religious Jews to live by faith in the modern world.

By David Lazarus | | Topics: Feast of Tabernacles
Photo: Miriam Alster / Flash90

“HaUshpizin” is a film you will never forget. Set during the Feast of Tabernacles, it is the story of an Orthodox Jewish family in Jerusalem doing their best to fulfill the commandment to welcome visitors into their succah (booth for eating outdoors) for the holiday, with some unexpected and unwanted results.

This story is about the faith, love and the extraordinary patience necessary to keep God’s commandments. And, of course, the necessary splash of humor all of us need just to get through the day! 

The mitzvah (commandment) to welcome guests into our succah during the Feast is based on the story in the Book of Genesis where Abraham and Sarah welcome three special guests into their home, and thus the title of the film HaUshpizin, which is Aramaic for “guests.”

The visuals of the ultra-Orthodox community of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem where the film is set, with the temporary succoth and scenes from their everyday family lives, are rare first-hand views for outsiders into the hidden world of Judaism’s longest-standing religious group reliving customs dating back to biblical times.

The full-length movie is a unique opportunity for viewers to participate in the faith-driven passion of religious Jews trying to live out their unwavering belief in God in the face of the real-life, everyday struggle to live by faith in the modern world.

An unforgettable film for those who believe.

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