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Bzir Aviezer - Rabbi Chaim Aviezer Morgenstern Zatzal explains as follows based on the Gemara in Taanis 10a which says that Hashem gives rain to Eretz Yisrael by himself and other locations through a messenger. Rabbi Yochanan who was in Eretz Yisrael said that rain comes directly from Hashem. Raba who was out of Eretz Yisrael saw the Malach Ridiya who is in ...


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According to the Gra (Commentary to OC 639:5) a three-walled structure with a plant-based roof that has rain leaking in it is not a Sukkah at all. Thus it doesn't really matter where you sit because there is no Sukkah in the vicinity.


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I saw an idea in the Meshech Chochma on the haftorah for shabbos shuva. Unfortunately I don't seem to have it printed in my edition at home so I can't quote verbatim. His point was that the mitzvah of Succah is different insofar as even if someone is an oness and exempt from eating in the succah, that fact is that Hashem will not treat it as if he performed ...


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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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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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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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This plan was originally made for a sukka where the schach mat was just a little too short for the frame.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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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in סימן קלג - הלכות יום הכפורים says: סעיף ח' נְעִילַת הַסַּנְדָּל, יֵשׁ אוֹסְרִין אֲפִלּוּ בְּסַנְדָּל שֶל עֵץ שֶׁאֵינוֹ חָפוּי בְּעוֹר. אֲבָל שֶׁל גֶּמִי אוֹ קַשׁ אוֹ בֶגֶד, מֻתָּר. וְיֵשׁ לְהַחְמִיר בִּנְעִילַת הַסַּנְדָּל אֲפִלוּ בִּמְקוֹם רֶפֶשׁ וְטִיט וּגְשָׁמִים. וַאֲפִלּוּ הוֹלֵךְ בֵּין הַגּוֹיִם, אָסוּר. וְאִם הוּא ...


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Rabbeinu Yona in Berachos writes that rain is in the blessing of גבורות because it brings life to the world, like the other things mentioned in the blessing (healing, etc.). However, rain in the wrong time is a curse and causes rotting. Thus it was used as a punishment in Sefer Shmuel for asking for a King. So rain in the wrong time would not be relevant ...


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A hat with a brim can keep your head and shoulders fairly dry in a light rain (but won't help with wind). Hats with a brim of a tefach or more might be a problem (h/t, err, to DoubleAA), so seek halachic guidance. This does assume that you will take the hat off when you arrive or that you don't care about it being wet, so if all you require is a kippah ...


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If you wear a hat, you can use a Shayne Coat, which will cover your clothes and your hat. (there are also shtreimel models of the coat)



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