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Ha-Ushpizin ()


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An Orthodox Jewish couple's faith is tested after praying to the Lord for a child on the Succoth holiday.

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Moshe
Michal Bat-Sheva Rand ...
Malli Bellanga
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Eliyahu Scorpio
Ilan Ganani ...
Yossef
Avraham Abutboul ...
Ben Baruch
Yonathan Danino ...
Gabai
Daniel Dayan ...
The Rabbi (as Rabbi Daniel Dayan)
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Ethrog Assessor (as Michael Vaigel)
Daniel Rand ...
Elazar
Yizhak Levkovits ...
Charity
Shmuel Ovadia ...
Wolf
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Ederi

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Gidi Dar ... (as Giddi Dar)

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Udi Lion ... (story editor)
 
Shuli Rand ... ()

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Rafi Bukai ... producer
Gidi Dar ... producer (as Giddi Dar)
Gadi Levy ... acting producer
Udi Lion ... co-producer
Shlomit Smadja ... acting producer

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Nathaniel Méchaly

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Amit Yasur

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Nadav Harel
Udi Lion ... script editor
Isaac Sehayek

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Yochanan Kredo ... first assistant director

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Alex Epstine ... boom operator
Chen Harpaz ... sound design mixer

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Adi Borkin ... best boy electric

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Seth Carmichael ... publicist
Dan O'Meara ... sales representative

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Rafi Bukai ... in memory of

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Plot Summary

In Jerusalem's orthodox neighborhoods, it's Succoth, seven days celebrating life's essentials in a sukkah, a temporary shack of both deprivation and hospitality. A devout couple, Moshe and Mali, married nearly five years and childless, are broke and praying for a miracle. Suddenly, miracles abound: a friend finds Moshe a sukkah he says is abandoned, Moshe is the beneficiary of local charitable fundraising, and two escaped convicts arrive on Moshe and Mali's doorstep in time to be their ushpizin - their guests. The miracles then become trials. Rabbinical advice, absolution, an effort to avoid anger, and a 1000-shekel citron figure in Moshe's dark night of the soul. Written by

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Taglines When you really need a miracle... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Holy Guests (World-wide, English title)
  • Ushpizin (World-wide, English title)
  • Visitantes (Brazil)
  • Gosti (Serbia)
  • Ушпизин (Russia)
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  • 90 min
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Trivia Shuli Rand retired from acting after becoming religious. He returned to acting just to make this film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sharon Amrani: Remember His Name (2010). See more »
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Narrator: They worked out of luck, out of hope. And faith was all they had to hang on to. But on this holy week, where guests are considered a blessing, these two unexpected visitors bring with them: a secret from the past. A secret that would test their love and challenge their faith. Now only a miracle will turn their fortune around.
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