The Seven Guests on Sukkot
During Sukkot, according to Kabbalah, the Sukkahgenerates an intense concentration of spiritual energy.
The souls of the seven great leaders of Israel – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, and King David – actually leave Gan Eden to partake in the divine light of the earthly Sukkah.
Together these transcendent guests are known as Ushpizin, the Aramaic word meaning “guests.”
Each day of Sukkot, all seven souls are present, but each takes his turn to lead the other six, beginning with Abraham on the first night.
Day One: Abraham the First Guest
Abraham personifies Chessed, the attribute of benevolence or love. A mystical invitation is recited upon entering the Sukkah for the first time in order to welcome him.
I have begun depicting the 7 Ushpizin, and so far have finished the first image. I plan to post more as I finish them.
Abraham reaching Heavenward
The countless Stars
‘And He (Hashem) took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (Genesis 15:5)
‘Now the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.
When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth … ‘ (Genesis 18:1)