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Why is bamboo kosher for schach? I know everyone uses them, but one should not use anything like planed wood which is used for building or straw for thatching roofs. I understand that certain bamboo canes are used for building (even lion cages!) in the countries where they grow only they are not used in developed countries.

Source Aruch hashulchan 629:32

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Hello 5780, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thank you for this question! I've edited your question a bit to improve and clarify it. I would suggest that you further improve it by adding a source for your assertion that building materials can't be used for schach. I hope to see you around the site! –  HodofHod Sep 12 '13 at 9:04
    
    
I saw this in the Aroch HaShulchan a while back actually and asked around about it; the halakha might depend on what people use for roofs bemkomo veshaato (in that time and place) so in places where they aren't used it would be ok, but I've never seen it discussed –  Matt Mar 14 at 19:35
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http://www.star-k.org/kashrus/kk-mitzvos-schach.htm

the criteria for schach is three fold: 1) items that grow from the ground, 2) items that are no longer attached to the ground, and 3) items that cannot become tamei.

Bamboo meets these requirements and is therefore Kosher for S'chach

See also: http://www.moreshet.co.il/web/shut/shut2.asp?id=78220

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This answer would be stronger if you would expand on point (3), specifically as it applies to bamboo, as that is what the question is, by implication, about. –  Isaac Moses Sep 12 '13 at 14:09
    
@GershonGold You dont seem to have looked up the aruch hashulchan I quoted. Your criteria which I am well aware of is min hatorah. I am referring to today. To be kosher even midrabbonon. –  5780 Sep 12 '13 at 19:09
    
@Gershon Gold I wrote aruch hashulchan but it is also in shulchan aruch. I have carefully explained what I am TALKING about what difficulties are you having. –  5780 Sep 12 '13 at 19:16
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@GershonGold Can you use one big wooden board as the schach? It matches all your criteria. –  Double AA Sep 13 '13 at 5:46
    
I would say no as you need to be able to "see the stars" through the roof. One big wooden board would be a complete roof and I would think disqualified. –  Dennis May 13 at 19:41
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