If one has a sukkah with canvas walls that sway in the wind, can he put the schach on top of the sukkah before tying down the canvas walls so they won't sway, or would it be a problem of "Taaseh v'lo Min Haasuy"?

  • If you're machmir that the walls must not move at all (oukosher.org/blog/consumer-kosher/preparing-sukkot-5777-qa) then yes, this would be passul for the reason you mention. Others are more mekil and say the walls are only passul if they move 3 tefachim (e.g. Chazon Ish here etzion.org.il/en/walls-sukka), if so then you would be OK if your walls move less than this before being strapped down. – The GRAPKE Sep 29 '20 at 5:14
  • @TheGRAPKE not necessarily. You only need a tefach of wall (even at the top) to avoid taaseh velo min haasui. It may be that an unstrapped canvas wall could count for this purpose, even for those who are machmir to use the straps – Joel K Sep 29 '20 at 6:19
  • @Joel K. I am sure you are right, but if we do not have kosher walls why is there no taaseh ve'lo min ha'sauy? – The GRAPKE Sep 29 '20 at 6:33
  • @TheGRAPKE See MB 635:11. Once you have walls of a tefach, it has already the status of an ohel, and the schach can be considered a sukkah. All that you’re doing afterwards is a tikkun of the pre-existing walls – Joel K Sep 29 '20 at 6:48
  • It is definitely a bidieved - shulchanaruchharav.com/halacha/… – Dov Sep 29 '20 at 6:54

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