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

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    Why should they not? – Shmuel Oct 11 '11 at 16:22
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    @shmuel would you live in a transparent house? – yydl Oct 11 '11 at 16:54
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    Assuming I don't do anything private there, why not? – Shmuel Oct 11 '11 at 17:02
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    @ShmuelBrill It's a question. I doubt it would be so obvious to most people... – yydl Oct 11 '11 at 17:04
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    If the transparent walls are silica based, stones would become muktza throughout the entire sukkos ;) – YDK Oct 11 '11 at 17:16

Yes. The first mishna of Maseches Sukkah lists the 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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    I think vertical strings are kosher too, right – Lee Oct 16 '16 at 11:59

In Maseches Sukkah 4b (copied below), Rava rejects Abaye's proposal for a 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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Rabbi Yoshia (Sukkah 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 transparent walls.

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    Hello Harsimrat Kaur and welcome to Mi.Yodeya! Thank you for your sourced answer. Are you sure the shade referred to couldn't be the kind that glass provides? – WAF Apr 25 '14 at 2:21
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    I don't understand the purpose of the phrase "Since I am a female, I am not a posek" in this answer. – Shmuel Apr 25 '14 at 8:57
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    Yes, this site explicitly does not provide psak. Being or not being a posek has no relevance. If you need a psak, consult your local Orthodox rabbi. If you are the local Orthodox rabbi and want to pasken, please post it somewhere else. – Robert Columbia Sep 18 '18 at 14:00

The Pri Megadim is מסופק about this case.

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    Can you give the location? – yydl Oct 11 '11 at 17:41
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    Based on what potential disqualification? – Isaac Moses Oct 11 '11 at 18:01
  • You are misremembering. The PM refers to the shach. – mevaqesh Oct 30 '15 at 7:33

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