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Chain-PTIJ from this one.

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.

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

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  • 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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