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I've been by many sukkos where after the bal habayis (bal hasukkah?) "invites" the ushpizin they will then set a place for them (whichever one is supposed to come that night.) The "place" they set is simply leaving a chair open somewhere by the table or within the sukkah. What is the source for this minhag?

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I wonder if this is older or newer than Eliyahu's chair at the seder and brit. – Monica Cellio Sep 22 '13 at 17:24
Don't all seven come each time? That's what the invitation in sidurim seems to indicate. (Perhaps the householder intends them to share a chair. :-) ) – msh210 Oct 2 '13 at 7:10

Nitei Gavriel Sukkah 37:6:10 says that some have a Minhag to place a special chair for the Ushpizin. He mentions it the name of the Chida - Avodas Hakodesh 289 - He also mentions it in the name of the Kaf HaChaim 639:8. Kaf HaChaim 639:8 mentions it from the Zohar Parshas Lech Lecha 93:1. Sefer Be'er Miriam says he saw the Chida do so.

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