One Sukkot tradition I have developed over the years is watching the Israeli movie Ushpizin. This movie is really clever because it takes one of the classic Hollywood movie genres, the "Christmas Miracle," and transposes it to Israel. Of course, in Israel it would not make sense to have a movie about Christmas, so Ushpizin is about a Sukkot Miracle. The two main characters in the movie are a married couple who were raised as Secular Jews but found religion and became Ultra-Orthodox. The name of the movie, Ushpizin, is an Aramaic word meaning "visitors." It specifically refers to angelic visitors who some rabbinical Jews believe visit Sukkahs bringing blessings on those who fulfill this biblical commandment. The unexpected visitors that arrive in the Sukkah of the newly Ultra-Orthodox couple are far from angelic. Instead, they are a pair of petty criminals who skip out on a weekend furlough from prison and arrive in Jerusalem looking for a place to hide out. I don't want to spoil it, so I won't tell anymore of the story. This is a great movie that is well worth watching. The movie is in Hebrew, with English subtitles and available on the DVD. Buy Now!
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