According to Bartenura on Mishna Sukkah 1:1, the calculation for the minimum Succah footage is the footage one man occupies (1 Ama x 1 Ama), i.g. 6 by 6 Tfachim and 1 Tefach for his table:

שהסוכה צריכה שתהא ז׳ על ז׳ כדי שתהא מחזקת ראשו ורובו ושולחנו,
ו׳ על ו׳ לראשו ורובו, וטפח על טפח לשולחנו:

But the table is not added on two adjacent walls, only one, so the final size should be 6x7 Tfachim.

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What am I missing here?

  • I thought we had this question already, but I can't seem to find it.
    – msh210
    Sep 11, 2019 at 18:17

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Sha'ar HaTziyun 634:1 presents three answers:

  1. Ma'amar Mordechai - he and his table need to be able to fit in the sukkah in any orientation.

  2. Magen Avraham in the name of Rashi - they would eat lying down, so they would need the full seven by seven to fit (including the table).

  3. Ran - an area smaller than seven by seven is too small to be considered a genuine living space.

  • 1
    For 1, wouldn't that imply a circle?
    – Double AA
    Sep 11, 2019 at 13:41
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    For 3, then what about Beit Hillel who allow 6x6? And if they're arguing whats a genuine space, why talk about tables?
    – Double AA
    Sep 11, 2019 at 13:42

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