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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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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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According to this Star-K article written by Rabbi Moshe Heineman, paper cannot be used for Schach: Stems that are used for schach must be in their original state and cannot be subject to further processing. For example, wood is kosher while paper is not. Flax stems are kosher but flax rope is not. Cotton wool, which has been combed out and no longer ...


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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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I made a sukkah with hard wooden covers like the top of a cardboard box: Either the schach must be wholly within the walls, or the shlak has be affixed to protrusions at each upper corner (yellow) so it covers the entire sukkah. The hinges (yellow) have to be able to rotate 270°. The shlak can be covered with tarp (blue) to improve its water resistance. ...


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Sukka 17a Mishnah: הרחיק את הסיכוך מן הדפנות שלשה טפחים פסולה בית שנפחת וסיכך על גביו אם יש מן הכותל לסיכוך ארבע אמות פסולה If the s'chach is distanced more than 3 handsbreadths from the walls then it is invalid. If the roof caved, and you put schach into the breach, if there are more than 4 cubits from the wall then it is invalid. If there is ...


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FOUR tips [OK, 5]: I used pressure-treated 4x4xs in the corners -- eliminates "rhombus" concern. I used 5/16"ths instead of 1/4" bolts -- increases durability of threads over years of successful re-assembly. USE FLAT WASHERS :-) -- allows you to apply force to secure it together with less impact on wood. Using 2x6s instead of 2x4s to connect top of frame ...


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To answer the first question: yes. Because of 'sfeika deyoma', one should sit in the sukkah even on Shemini Atzeres just as one would on the other days of Sukkos. The Gemara Sukkah 47a (as we have it) concludes this way, and says that we should sit in the Sukkah, but not make a bracha. (The reasons for this, as I understand it, is either because it might be ...


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I have not built a cover for my sukkah, but I can draw from past experience camping in a yurt. A yurt is designed to support a small fire inside, in the center, for which purpose there is a smoke hole in the top. Because you don't want to get rained on when not burning a fire, the smoke hole has a cover. The best yurt designs have a domed ring in the ...


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The Yerushalmi (Sukka 1:2) and Tosefta (Brachos 6:9) write that one should make a bracha on 'the mitzvah of building a sukkah'. However, the Bavli (Sukka daf 46a and see Rosh there) disagrees. The simplest way to explain the dispute would be to say that the Yerushalmi believes that there's a mitzvah to build the sukkah, and the Bavli disagrees. I believe ...


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If you intended to go to that other Sukkah when you made the original Bracha, you can go without making another Bracha there (Mishna Berura 639 sk 48). If you didn't intend to transfer Sukkot when you made the Bracha then if you transferred there would be a Safek about the Bracha and therefore you shouldn't transfer, but if you did anyway you wouldn't make a ...


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According to Rama 639:7 ("and whoever is exempt from suka and doesn't leave there… that's nothing but laity") as explained by Beur Halacha ("as [the pain of being in the rain] is a violation of yom tov"), if he's going to violate the Rama's injunction and sit in the suka during a rainfall, then I'd say he should sit in the least uncomfortable spot, ...


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Its a gemara in Succah 23a and halacha rules this way in shulchan aruch orach chaim siman 630 siff 11but it must be tied down so it wont walk away. בפיל קשור כולי עלמא לא פליגי דאי נמי מיית יש בנבלתו י With a tied down elephant, all opinions agree it is kosher, since even if it dies, there are still 10 handsbreadths (of height) left in the corpse


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I heard from the Rabbi of a shul I went to growing up (and it can be found in Likkutei Torah quoting Pri Etz Chaim) that the Sukkah represents Hashem's watching over us, and therefore the Sukkah has the "form" of an arm giving a hug - 2 full walls and the third wall a tefach, corresponding to the two parts of an arm plus a hand, bent to wrap around those ...


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Rabbi Yoshia (Sukka 7b) claims that walls must also provide shade and therefore may not be constructed from transparent material. But I think you can decorate the walls enough to guarantee enough shade for comfort or lay plastic sheets like tarp. Since I am a female, I am not a posek, but just suggesting my idea to help solve the problem of a sukkah with ...


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Perhaps the fact that Teffilin, Tzitzis and Succah all share the fact that their main kiyum mitzvah is not an actual action, but rather to be in the situation of passively being involved or enveloped in the mitzvah, special attention was required so as to ensure the proper kiyum of the mitzvah. As opposed to an action mitzvah like eating matzah or shaking a ...


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See: אהלי שם : אוצר פסקי המועדים who writes that one who uses water grown plants has what to rely on, though ideally one should avoid using them. This comes at the end of a discussion (and list of sources) on plants grown in a pot. Seemingly, the same would apply to your other categories.


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From your assessment about the impracticality of observing and experimenting it seems your understanding of ruach meyzuyah is a wind that under normal circumstances can and might eventually blow, I would suggest that this is not the case. Rather, Ruach metzuyah means a wind that does blow. Practically constantly. First of all is the Mechaber in hilchos ...


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It would seem from the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (135:22) that they would need to eat in the Sukka. הַיוֹשְׁבִים בַּחֲנוּת, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהֵם דָּרִים חוּץ לָעִיר וְהַחֲנוּת הִיא בָּעִיר וּרְגִילִין כָּל הַשָׁנָה בְּרֹב פְּעָמִים לֶאֱכוֹל שָׁם בַּיּוֹם, מִכָּל מָקוֹם בַּסֻּכּוֹת חַיָבִים לֶאֱכוֹל בַּסֻּכָּה.‏ Obviously, this is only if they want to ...


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The Ramma both in siman 624 (end of hilchos Yom Kipur) and in the begining of hilchos succah siman 625 says to begin right after Yom Kippur so as to go from mitzvah to mitzvah. EDIT The seffer Minhag Yisroel Torah in siman 602 ois 3 brings the following. The Elya Rabba says to be carefull not to build the succah before Yom Kippur because going out to the ...


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4 tefachim of invalid material invalidates schach. S.A. O.C. 632:1 סכך פסול פוסל באמצע בארבעה טפחים אבל פחות מארבעה כשרה ומותר לישן תחתיו מן הצד אינו פוסל אלא בארבע אמות Invalid schach invalidates in the middle of the sukkah at 4 tefachim, but at less than 4 you could even sleep under it. At the side, you get up to 4 amos.


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I'll offer two approaches in this answer, a more-complex one based on a structure that I have actually helped build, and a less-complex one that's more speculative. I have not actually built either of these as a sukkah; I'm drawing on related experience, but you'll need to do some work yourself to get from this to a plan for a finished sukkah. With luck ...


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(As with any practical halachic question, please consult with your own rabbi.) I. See אור יצחק by יצחק עבאדי here : http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=1525&pgnum=258 He allows such a netting. II. A slightly different question is found here: http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=49009&pgnum=200 The question is dealing with an open area ...


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Based on your description, you have 3 Kosher walls, which is sufficient - and maybe 4 - depending on how large your windshield is; up to 4 Amos you are allowed a דופן עקומה. (You may want to check the statusof the back window also). You also have the required 7x7 tefachim. The only missing info is the height - you need 10 Tefachim of useable height on an ...


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Here is a picture (linked from here). There are several per tree.


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This plan was originally made for a sukka where the schach mat was just a little too short for the frame. Take a heavy-duty tarp about the size of your sukka and a length of PVC pipe about 2 feet longer than the width of the passul spot on the end of your sukka Lay the tarp flat on the ground and place the PVC pipe so that it sticks out on both sides (fold ...


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Years ago, my shul used spruce branches. They are fairly large, smell great and certainly stay green. One catch, perhaps, is that there may be certain varieties that shed more than others, so make sure that what you get is extremely fresh. In my area, a few Succah supply stores sold bundles of spruce branches, and I think Home Depot had them, as well. Most ...


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My father used branches of a weeping willow. There happened to be one growing in a nearby yard. They stayed green long enough, and I never noticed any bug problems (although I was never so finicky, so I could have just missed them). If you are putting them over the bamboo poles, then you also don't have to worry about them drooping. If you find someone ...


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Palm fronds work very well. My family uses them each year along with the bamboo. They get brown and the leaves fall off after sukkot, if they start green.



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