I'm at a Shiur and the rabbi said that a sukkah can have walls made of anything even "elephants," but I'm pretty sure he was being facetious. Can anyone provide a source verifying or explaining?

  • Are you at the shiur right now? Asking Mi Yodeya about the shiur while you're sitting there? Oct 7, 2014 at 1:54
  • @YEZ See his profile pic? ( in all truth, he's probably using the present tense to describe past events [insert fancy literary term that I cannot remember] )
    – MTL
    Oct 7, 2014 at 2:00
  • @YEZ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_present
    – MTL
    Oct 7, 2014 at 2:02
  • @Shokhet I just thought it was humorous. Although he mixed up some tenses for historical present. Oct 7, 2014 at 2:09
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    I was in the Shiur then. ;)
    – Moshe
    Oct 7, 2014 at 14:05

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Its a gemara in Succah 23a and halacha rules this way in shulchan aruch orach chaim siman 630 siff 11but it must be tied down so it wont walk away.

בפיל קשור כולי עלמא לא פליגי דאי נמי מיית יש בנבלתו י

With a tied down elephant, all opinions agree it is kosher, since even if it dies, there are still 10 handsbreadths (of height) left in the corpse

  • I was in the middle of quoting it in my own answer, so I might as well just add it in to yours. Oct 7, 2014 at 1:54
  • @YEZ That was very nice of you!
    – MTL
    Oct 7, 2014 at 1:55
  • @YEZ ty I was wavering about mentioning the dying part and the space between the legs detail.
    – user6591
    Oct 7, 2014 at 2:06

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