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If one has built a kasher sukkah, with its own completed skhakh but there is a tree branch that leans against the skhakh, is it still kasher?

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  • Does any part of the branch cover the schach and how much? – sabbahillel Sep 27 '15 at 17:45
  • Is the branch still attached to the tree? – Daniel Sep 27 '15 at 19:21
  • The branches might cover the skhakh depending on the time of day and the way the sun hits it. As for Daniel's question, yes the branch is still attached to the tree – Aaron Sep 27 '15 at 22:39
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    "The branches might cover the skhakh depending on the time of day and the way the sun hits it." How can whether the branch covers the roof depend on the time of day or the angle of the sun? – msh210 Sep 30 '15 at 2:45
  • @msh210 i guess i interpreted your question as "does it case a shadow to fall upon it." Yes the branches cover the scach, but not a whole lot. – Aaron Sep 30 '15 at 16:27
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There are many details found in the Shulchan Aruch siman 626.

If the branch only provides a minority of the shade etc. In one situation having the branch mixed in with the kosher schach is actually beneficial.

But according to one opinion in the Shulchan Aruch, one should never under any circumstances have any branch above the schach.

If you rule with Ramma or straight Shulchan Aruch will come into play here, so again, see the details there.

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Since the living branch covers only a small part of the succa, you can just not sit under the branch. Most succot (these days) are so large that a small area of invalid roof does not invalidate the whole succa. (See Succah 13b, I think.)

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