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Can a Sukkah have all-glass walls?

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Would a Sukkah that has walls that are completely transparent be kosher for use?

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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 sukkah.

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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 הניכרות וליכא


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Can a Sukkah have all-glass walls?

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Would a Sukkah that has walls that are completely transparent be kosher for use?


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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 sukkah.

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How could you make a lavud wall out of only 3 strings? - Double AA Sep 30 '12 at 3:49

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