In a number of places online, I've seen reference made to a teaching from Menachem Azariah of Fano, or Rama MiPano, about seven female "guests" which visit the Sukkah over Sukkot, in paralel to the seven male "guests" mentioned in the Zohar.

According to the tradition of Medieval Italian kabbalist Menachem Azariah of Fano, the ushpizot are: Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Chana, Avigail, Chulda, and Esther.

Where can I find this teaching in Menachem Azariah of Fano's writings, and is he the originator of this idea?

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    Those are the 7 traditional female prophetesses judaism.stackexchange.com/a/564/759 – Double AA Oct 2 '17 at 16:08
  • @DoubleAA Correct. Does that, in of itself, explain why they would be visiting on Sukkot? – Chaim Oct 2 '17 at 16:10
  • Not at all, as far as I can see. (But on the other hand I have no idea why anybody would visit me on Sukkot.) The exact match of the lists though seems unlikely to be an accident – Double AA Oct 2 '17 at 16:11
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    I vote "I doubt you" on this tradition. – Oliver Oct 2 '17 at 16:13
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    FWIW, someone on this site suggests that actually, he just aligned the 7 prophetesses with the seven sephirot, and after the ushpizin became equated with the sephirot, his statement transformed to say that the prophetesses are the ushpizot. – mevaqesh Oct 2 '17 at 17:28

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