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It says in Mishna Sukkah 1:3:

"פֶּרֶס עליה- סדין מפני הַחֵמָה"

"If a vulture strikes it, cover it with plaster to protect from its fury".

I suppose plaster strengthens the Sukkah, but doesn't it invalidate it by making it a permanent structure?

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    The peres is the ossiphrage. Its stomach has incredibly strong acid, and it flies its prey up high and then drops it on a rock to break it apart. Somehow you have to bring that into this.
    – Shalom
    Mar 4 at 2:24
  • סנהדרין לד עמוד ב' ולה עמוד א א"ר חסדא מניין להוקעה שהיא תלייה דכתיב (שמואל ב כא) והוקענום לה' בגבעת שאול בחיר ה' דף לה,א גמרא וכתיב (שמואל ב כא) ותקח רצפה בת איה את השק ותטהו לה אל הצור בתחלת קציר וכתיב (במדבר כה)
    – kouty
    Mar 6 at 7:22
  • @Shalom Forgot to get back to you, but good find. Sadly, I can't think of any way to insert that into the question. I think anti-acid steel casing is really pushing it...
    – Harel13
    Mar 15 at 21:07

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We know that ein adam zocheh le'divrei torah elah im kein meimis atzmo alehah - "One does not merit understanding Torah till he kills himself over it."

Now, between killing yourself as an am ha'aretz and the subsequent techiyas ha'meisim as a talmid chacham, there is a split second when you are dead, and at this moment the kochos ha'chitzonim, here represented by a vulture, may "feed on the dead".

This is the anger of the vulture.

Nevertheless plaster may be used to defend ourselves from this, because ha'adam nivra be'tzelem - man is created in Hashem's image, and the best thing for making impressions is plaster. So it is the etzem tzelem elokim which is never lost which guards a person in the interstices of his aliyah ruchnis.

The Succah is the tzila dimhemnusah - the shade of faith, and it is this faith that we have in Hashem's eternal protection that causes us to be protected in the above manner.


That's why the mishna says the Sukka is Pasul.

  • Which mishna? 15 char.
    – Harel13
    Mar 6 at 7:40
  • The end of that mishna in sukka 1:3 says its pasul.
    – Shlomy
    Mar 6 at 8:59
  • You make a good point, but the OP is based on a revowelization of this part of the mishna which sort of negates the ending. At best you could relate the ending to the second part of the sentence.
    – Harel13
    Mar 6 at 9:05

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