The Baal Shem Tov, or Besht —  the founder of Chasidism — 
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven. 
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?" 
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!" 
(from a letter written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents) 

 

Umei-ushpizin ila'in

An awesome Satmar nigun for the Sukkah

Eco-Torah on Sukkot

Teachings about Sukkot exploring the symbolism and shamanism of the lulav plants, the meaning of the Hoshanot prayers, the Tishrei cycle, the rules about s'khakh, and the waving of the lulav, in the light of ecology and the climate crisis

Egalitarian Seder Ushpizin/Ushpizata

Get the Ushpizata, neohasid's original Aramaic liturgy for the mothers, in pdf format, and in calligraphy, to hang in your sukkah. The liturgy is both Aramaic and Hebrew, side-by-side with English

Hoshanot on Sukkot and Hoshana Rabbah!

The original Jewish earth prayers

A Hoshana for the planet!

A prayer for our planet as we face climate change

How-to Build a Sukkah For Under $40

Forget Sukkah kits. Here's one you can build for less than 40 bucks. A how-to guide for the frame, the walls, and the s'khakh

Geshem

The prayer for rain: a geshem piyut for the mothers.

Ushpizata: The Kabbalah of Inviting the Mothers Imahot to the Sukkah

A liturgy for the sukkah that includes the imahot, the mothers, and not just the fathers, seems not only good but imperative. Here's a full explanation for how the traditional Kabbalistic Ushpizin liturgy works, and how the parallel liturgy about the mothers is rooted in Kabbalistic teachings.

A Sukkot Embrace

Embrace is hinted at in the sukkah, just as a person embraces her child in love, encircling her with her arms, and sheltering her with her head... A sweet sweet Chasidic teaching about the sukkah!




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