# Large gap in Sukkah wall(s)

I happened to see this design (or see below) for a pergola, and I thought, "What an easy way to have a Sukkah frame up all year round!"

But then, when I noticed that it only has a depth of four feet, I realized it wouldn't be large enough to entertain.

But then I thought, what if one were to put up two of these pergolas, facing one another, with about a two or three foot gap between them, and lay bamboo across the top, so that it also covered the gap? Then you'd have a Sukkah that would be, without any gap, 8'x12', or with a two foot gap it could be 10'x12'. Now you're talking about a pretty roomy, and attractive, Sukkah!

But ... what about that gap? Sure, the Sechach is covering the gap at the top, but would the gap in the walls be a problem?

(As an aside, although I should really look into it more closely to be sure, I'm fairly certain that the walls themselves are acceptable, because a fence of a similar structure is used for an 'Eruv that has been approved by my rabbi. Hence, I'm only asking about the gap. If you see a flaw with the walls themselves, feel free to point it out in the comments, but also realize this is an academic question, as I do not intend to purchase two, or even one, of these products, given the cost, and I'm just curious about what is valid vis a vis a gap in a wall. So, if you do see a flaw, just assume that the same structure can be made with an improved wall, yet the gap would still be at issue here.)

• (And, yes, I know you could have two separate Sukkoth facing one another, as a 3-walled Sukkah is valid, but I'm curious if you can join them together, without any additional construction aside from the Sechach, to create one Sukkah, so that everyone can sit anywhere inside it and fulfill the Mitzvah, rather than have one group sitting on one side and another group on the other side of the double-Sukkah.) Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 15:27
• Do you need both gaps? Why not just put up a piece of plywood or something over one gap, and use the other as a door? Then the door side would be a completely unnecessary fourth wall. Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 15:30
• related to the walls judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/5563/… Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 15:34
• @DoubleAA, for the sake of both simplicity and aesthetics. My question is whether you can do this without any additional construction (see my comment above). Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 15:38
• Your pic is significantly better than mine :) Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 16:34