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Is there any inyan for a woman to eat in the sukkah. I know they're not required (after all, it's a mitzvas asei shehazeman grama [מצות עשה שהזמן גרמא]), but I still know many women who do.

Is this due to any specific reasons, or is it simply to be able to eat with their husbands/family (and/or for convenience)?

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I don't know if this has any validity, but perhaps they are partners in their husband fulfillment of teishvu k'ein taduru, which is done with one's spouse. –  YDK Oct 12 '11 at 6:29
@YDK: A reason/excuse given for not sleeping in the suka is that women don't and men are mitztaarim without them. (Wouldn't seem to apply to single men AFAICT.) –  msh210 Oct 17 '11 at 16:17
@YDK Sounds like some rishonim's (ran?) understanding of a woman's role in pru urvu. –  Double AA Oct 23 '12 at 17:16

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Like any time-bound, yes-do mitzva; women aren't obligated, but they receive merit if they choose to do it.

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+1. But caveant lectores: not every such mitzva has the same rule. Some are strict requirements, like kidush on Shabas, and others are also required, like shofar on Rosh Hashana (at least for Ashk'nazios). –  msh210 Oct 7 '11 at 7:00
@msh210, why is Shofar required? There are certain ones that have become standard custom for women, but still aren't required; shofar and lulav come to mind, IIRC. Yes there are exceptions -- megillah reading ("they too were in the miracle"); kiddush on shabbos, eating matza on Passover (tied to the "don't-do" commandments of don't-work-on-shabbos and don't-eat-chametz-on-Pesach, respectively). –  Shalom Oct 7 '11 at 9:37
I thought MB said that they've so accepted 30 kolos upon themselves over the years that they're now required. However, I'm not seeing it in 589 or 596, and am not sure where else to look. Maybe my memory is incorrect. –  msh210 Oct 7 '11 at 13:32

Similar to what Shalom said, but I found it in a Halacha for Today email:

Even though women and children are not obligated to sit in a Sukkah, it is still a Mitzvah for each Jew to have his wife and children sit in the Sukkah as by sitting in a Sukkah they earn eternal heavenly reward. (See Shulchan Aruch Siman 640:1 and Ran to Rosh Hashana 33a)

Women and children who sit in a Sukkah merit having their souls cleansed and merit receiving heavenly goodwill. (See Kaf HaChaim Siman 640:5)

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