Someone (Bucharan) told me that his Rabbi and his Rabbi's Rabbi say that you can put a decorative tarp under the schah and it will remain kosher (even if rain cannot go through).

To me this feels wrong.

Is he correct? Sources please.

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    Doesn't the answer to that linked question already cover this?
    – Double AA
    Sep 29, 2017 at 14:46
  • @DoubleAA I thought blocking the rain is different. how is it not a house? the guy said if he remembers correctly that the Rabbi said some light can be seen
    – hazoriz
    Sep 29, 2017 at 14:47
  • Like a house is kosher. Sukka 22a
    – Double AA
    Sep 29, 2017 at 14:48
  • @DoubleAA search for "rain" here ou.org/torah/machshava/tzarich-iyun/tzarich_iyun_schach , also see roofs that not mekabel tumma en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thatching
    – hazoriz
    Sep 29, 2017 at 15:04
  • @DoubleAA so it seems the main difference between a house and the sukka is that by a sukka the roof was put up recently
    – hazoriz
    Sep 29, 2017 at 15:10

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It seems it is true from here

If one places an artistic covering underneath his schach within four tefachim of the schach and his intention is to beautify the sukkah the sukkah is kosher. However, if the covering is placed above the schach or if it isn’t to beautify the sukkah, the sukkah is invalid

footnote 45 ibid

 Shulchan Aruch 627:4. Chazon Ovadia p. 84 writes that if one’s intention is to both beautify the sukkah and to protect oneself from the sun and rain the sukkah is kosher.

The source that even if it blocks the rain is Chazon Ovadia on Sukkot p. 84

Chazon Ovadiah p84 Chazon Ovadiah p86 Chazon Ovadiah p87

  • @Oliver thank you very much (if you post all this as an answer i will delete mine) please also add the next page (the end of foot note 13 seems to be important) Brocho Vhatslacha
    – hazoriz
    Oct 2, 2017 at 23:30
  • how about I insert the next page but you do the rephrasing? :) (IMO, the next page isn't pertinent that much; OP did not say that there was intent to shield from rain)
    – Oliver
    Oct 3, 2017 at 23:11
  • @Oliver thank you I will try (I was the op and for me it is pertinent) maybe i will make it as a link not that as a photo
    – hazoriz
    Oct 3, 2017 at 23:14
  • oh, didn't pay attention.
    – Oliver
    Oct 3, 2017 at 23:28
  • @Oliver so if you make an answer I will except it
    – hazoriz
    Oct 3, 2017 at 23:29

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