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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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Most will tell you that reading the other 4 Megillahs is custom, not Rabbinic decree. That's the general practice. The Vilna Gaon, however, is of the opinion that all 5 Megillahs must be read from a handwritten parchment klaf, and (if done so) have the blessing "who commanded us regarding Megillah reading." You will see this opinion out there too. (Mind ...


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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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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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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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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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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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Because in theory you could have said Shehecheyanu when you prepared (bound) your lulav before Sukkos. So even supposing that the second day of Sukkos was the real Yom Tov (and the previous day was actually erev Sukkos), your Shehecheyanu then would still count as the real thing. (By contrast, with kiddush, you're saying the berachah because of the holiday ...


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Yes. While R'Yehuda holds "lulav tzorech egged" (they need to be tied), and therefore one must use part of the 4 minim to tie it, the halacha is not like R'Yehuda. Thus you can use anything to tie the 4 minim, or nothing at all. In fact, the Gemara says the anshei Yerushalayim would use gold to tie their lulavim. Even though its not required, we have a ...


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I don't know that "Why did the paytan choose this formulation" can be answered. I don't think that the Paytan himself ever explained his choice of formulation( I haven't seen any evidence of such, and I'm under the impression Paytanim rarely did), and everything else is speculation. As to a question of "Why would the Paytan choose this formulation", I found ...


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Both are celebrated for eight days Both have full hallel on all the days Both are celebrated outside the house (sukkah is outside, and menorah should be outside) Both are Possul if they are more than 20 amos high (i.e. above the ground) Both call for hiddur mitzvah (lulav we try to get the best, and menorah by adding more each night) all taken from here.


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The source is in the Talmud, Megillah 31a (link). It is a statement of Rav Huna, in the name of Rav: אמר רב הונא אמר רב שבת שחל להיות בחולו של מועד בין בפסח בין בסוכות מקרא קרינן ראה אתה Rashi explains: מקרא קרינן ראה אתה - שיש שם מצות שבת ורגלים וחולו של מועד דכתיב את חג המצות תשמור ומכאן למדנו איסור מלאכת חולו של מועד במסכת חגיגה (דף ...


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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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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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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 found a German source in the Tur, Orach Chayyim 625: "...in the seventh month, when it's rainy, and people generally leave their summer shade huts and go into their houses, we leave our houses and sit in our huts so that everyone will see that it's because of the commandment of The King to do so." And a friend pointed me to a Mediterranean source in ...


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http://hershkow.comeze.com/46.pdf Regarding a old Esrog - Shaalos UTeshuvos Maharil 5 says that it is impossible to maintain its wetness from year to year and therefore it may not be used. Rama Orach Chaim 648 based on this Maharil says it is definitely dry and unusable. However the Bikurei Yaakov (Aruch Laner) says that he saw an Esrog that ...


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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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(an expansion on earlier answers)The Beis Yosef's question about why we celebrate eight days, when the miraculous long-burning oil only lasted seven days more than it normally would. The Aruch Hashulchan answers in OC 670:5: The Sefer Chashmona'i says that in the year before Matisyahu's rebellion, Antiochus prevented the korbanos of Sukkos and Shemini ...


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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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Actually the Arizal doesn't speak on this topic. The order that is followed by the mekubalim is derived from the Zohar parashat Emor 103b and through onto 104. The Matok UMdvash commentary also claims that the Remak in his commentary discusses the issue(neither are online that I know of). However as to the Ushpizin and their order the Arizal himself is ...


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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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If it's the day immediately after Sukkos (Shemini Atzeres in Israel, Simchas Torah outside it), then there is indeed a problem with eating in the sukkah, in that it resembles "adding to the mitzvah" (although technically it isn't, because there is no intention to perform the mitzvah). The recommended approach in that case is to disqualify it by removing some ...


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Sounds to me like Shulchan Aruch 626:3: העושה סוכה למטה בבית תחת הגג שהסירו הרעפים אף על פי שנשארו עדיין העצים הדקים שהרעפים מונחים עליהם כשירה See also Rama and Mishna B'rura there, or your favorite nos'e kelim. But as this is for you a practical matter, CYLOR.


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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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I'd like to add (because the question differentiated between Kohelet and the other 3: Rut, Eicha and Shir HaShirim) that even among those who do recommend saying a bracha when reading from a klaf, the Magen Avraham in OC 490 sk 9 says that Kohelet is excluded and no bracha is recited upon it even when reading from a klaf. Despite this prominent opinion, I ...


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Mishnah Berurah (490:16), citing Pri Megadim, says that the difference is because each day of Sukkos is considered in a sense a separate Yom Tov, since the offerings in the Beis Hamikdash were different (each day there was one bull less than the day before). By contrast, the same offerings were brought every day of Pesach. Therefore, he says, we end the ...


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Nitey Gavriel (Hilchos Sukkah pg. 249) writes that the common custom is not to make "Leshev Basuka" on Havdala as it is not considered "settled" (and cites Shevet Halevi 6:42 as a source). However he notes that some do, and in the footnotes points to the Chabad custom based on the Friediker Rebbe who mantains that Havdala is considered "settled". He writes ...


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My great grandfather (in S. Germany) used to save his Lulav from year to year in his coat closet. He would remove the outer leaves and the insides were apparently still fresh enough to be used. For that matter, a lot of the Lulavim and Haddasim that are in the market now, have been in storage for many months. The Shulchan Aruch (based in the Mishna) spells ...



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