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The walls of the sukkah can be constructed anytime you want; you can even leave them up all year, if you're so inclined. (There are even people who have retractable roofs on their houses, so that their sukkah is their dining room or bedrooms or whatever.) The sechach (plant material used for the roof of the sukkah) is a different story. You can put it up ...


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There is no lav in the Torah against eating outside the Sukkah, so it would just be a bitul aseh. It says "Basukkos teshvu", but does not say anythink like "lo tochal chutz me'suka".


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I don't have an explicit answer, but since women are not obligated to sit in the sukkah, and we know that women are obligated to fulfill negative commandments, it would stand to reason that eating out of the Sukkah would be a Bittul Asseh.


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I'll start with the usual caveat: CYLOR. The more so since someone local will be more familiar with your specific situation. It's pretty basic to the definition of a sukkah that it be under the sky. So a sukkah under a balcony, as much of a good-faith effort as it may be (and as much as G-d might appreciate the thought), simply isn't a sukkah - no more so ...


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Yes. The gemara in the beginning of Sukkah discusses different factors that would invalidate a sukkah, but transparency isn't an issue. You can also make the walls with 4 horizontal strings, each within 3 tefachim from the other one. Though if it was completely transparent, i.e. invisible, perhaps there would be an issue that no one could tell they're in a ...


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http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=49716&st=&pgnum=30 Per the Machtzis HaShekel Siman 640:9 it is preferable to eat in a Sukkah with a Schlack, over eating in the house when it is raining since there are Poskim that consider it a Kosher Succah. The Bikurrei Yaakov Siman 626:12 says also that it is preferable to eat in a ...


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Rav Ovadia Yossef Shlita allows to eat rice outside a Sukkah (Halichot Olam, Helek Beth, p281). Moadim Besimh'a.


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Actually, I don't know why you'd have to ask specifically about the USSR. Wouldn't the same question apply to any feudal-type government, where the king is in principle the owner of all of the land in the kingdom? And AFAIK there's no concept in halachah that you have to ask him for permission to build a sukkah. I think the reason might be, building on ...


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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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Don't take my word on the translation, but Shulchan Aruch 634:2 says: If it's round, it must contain within it a square of seven by seven t'fachim. And MB adds that any other shape has the same rule and that one need not sit in the contained square. You ask about wall length, though. For a circle, a contained square of 7×7 means, Baer Hetev and others ...


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Even if there's a decoration that completely covers the schach, if it's placed there merely for decoration, than it isn't a problem, provided that the decorations are within 4 tefachim of the schach (Gemara Sukka 10a, Shulchan Aruch O.C. 627:4) However, this is assuming that they have been placed there for the purpose of decorations, otherwise, even a small ...


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As long as they are within 4 tefachim of the sechach, they are batel to the sechach- even a lot of decorations. (S.A. O.C. 627:4)


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You can eat in a sukkah standing up (as regards the lawa of sukkot). The word 'sitting' is used to imply a sort of permanence of dwelling, but if one eats in a sukkah while standing he certainly says a bracha and fulfils his mitzva. (See Aruch Hashulchan OC 643:3)


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It looks like a general Chassidic custom. The Minchas Elazar writes that it is a tradition from the Ba'al Shem Tov. He explains the mishna that says that one stays is "comparable to a slave who mixes wine for his master and he spills it in his face." in a novel way. He says that there are two ways to explain "he spills in his face", is it the master ...


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When using panels, usually people use 4 foot by 8 foot panels. (8 feet tall is perfect for height). Thus 8 X 8 or 8 X 12 is common in size. If you do it your way, with tarps, you are not limited to 4X8 panels. However most things you might buy as beams (wood at least) come in 8 feet long. So 8 feet tall makes sense. Also, a simple cube 8 X 8 X 8, is ...


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The Posuk does not say that there was more sun than shade. On the contrary the Posuk says "Vayeshev Tacteho Bzel" which translates into "He sat under it in the shade. The following Posuk says that a Kikoyon was shade upon him, and the Radak explains that this happened 40 days later when the Sukka dried out and therefore it was not providing shade anymore.


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This is a Machloket in the Talmud (Sukkah 27b, see OC 637) and the Halacha follows the Sages that one can start building a Sukkah on Chol HaMoed. Even R Eliezer who argued there agreed that if one's Sukkah fell down on Chol HaMoed that one can rebuild it.


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Anything that grows from the ground and is not 'mekabel tumah' is a candidate for scach[sic]. These are two of the three basic requirements. The last is that the material not be currently attached to the ground. This disqualifies, for example, building a suka next to a vineyard and stretching some vines (which fill the other two criteria) over as ...


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In theory it should work with the following qualifications: 1- Your car roof width from the far inner door to the schach area is 4 amos or less (for dofen akuma) 2- Your car doors are less than 3 tefachim off the ground (for mechitza- gediim bok'im) Like you mentioned, you need the second door for the third wall, just resting it on the roof won't help. ...


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Rav Tzadok HaCohen of Lublin wrote an over 60 page pamphlet defending the practice of not eating in the Sukkah on Shmini Atzeres, called "Meishiv Tzedek".


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According to Halacha (Orthodox Jewish Law) you may build the Sukkah from 30 days prior to the Yom Tov. If it was made more than 30 days before the holiday, and you do not have in mind that it is being made for Succos, all you got to do is remove some Sechach and replace it and have in mind that it is for Succos and then it is Kosher. If it was put up anytime ...


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It does not matter how high the tree is, if the Succah is under the tree it is not Kosher. Orach Chaim 626.


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I don't have time to consult the sources right now, but if memory serves correctly, there is no problem disassembling a sukkah during Chol HaMoed. (There are actually portable sukkahs on the market, which are designed to be taken apart and reassembled during the holiday.) You would only run into problems if you wanted to use the materials for some other ...


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You may want to check out the kits sold by The Sukkah Project. They will sell you all the hardware and plans you need, leaving you to get the lumber and tarp. I once bought and put up a Sukkah using one of their kits. The frame went together fine, but it was a bit annoying to get the not-custom-made tarp I bought to hang nicely. If you know something about ...


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In Maseches Suka daf dalet amud beis (copied below), Rava rejects Abaye's proposal for an platform without walls because there is a requirement that they be "ניכר". Therefore there may be a basis for transparent walls being invalid. היתה גבוהה מעשרים אמה ובנה בה עמוד שהוא גבוה עשרה טפחים ויש בו הכשר סוכה סבר אביי למימר גוד אסיק מחיצתא א"ל רבא בעינן מחיצות ...


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Nope. If the s'chach isn't valid, it's not a sukkah. The practical advantage is, you can have all sorts of nice stuff in the sukkah; if it starts to rain, just put up the tarp; as soon as it stops raining you can pull off the tarp and get right back to your mitzva. Whereas if you didn't have the tarp, you have to rush everything out of your sukkah when it ...


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I use strands of white holiday lights like these or these (often cheap on December 26!), powered by a heavy-duty extension cord that is plugged in in the garage, with plastic and electrical tape around plugs that are outside (the second strand plugged into the first, etc). I've had no safety problems since starting to wrap the plugs; before I did that, one ...


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The Shulchan Aruch in סימן תרלב - דברים הפוסלים בסכך says: א סְכָךְ פָּסוּל, פּוֹסֵל בָּאֶמְצַע בְּד' טְפָחִים; אֲבָל פָּחוֹת מִד', כְּשֵׁרָה, וּמֻתָּר לִישַׁן תַּחְתָּיו מִן הַצַּד אֵינוֹ פּוֹסֵל אֶלָּא בְּד' אַמּוֹת, אֲבָל פָּחוֹת מִד' אַמּוֹת, כְּשֵׁרָה דְּאָמְרִינָן דֹּפֶן עֲקֻמָּה, דְּהַיְנוּ לוֹמַר שֶׁאָנוּ רוֹאִים כְּאִלּוּ הַכֹּתֶל נֶעֱקָם ...


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The Rema (Orach Chayyim 624:5 and 625:1) quotes the Maharil's customs to start building the sukkah the night after Yom Kippur, to go from mitzvah to mitzvah; the following day, to build it completely, so as not to delay an available mitzvah. This is a custom from the Ashkenazi world regarding the ideal time to build the sukkah, but the sukkah is certainly ...



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