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the temporary house in which we live on the holiday of Sukos (Tabernacles) each year

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How far do Jews have to be so they are Petur from sukkah

According to Halacha, on sukkot Jews should eat whatever food they are going to eat in the sukkah. My question is, is there any length Jews have to be from a sukkah so they are Petur from the ...
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Why can walls be any material but Schach has to be natural in a sukkah

The Halacha is that Schach has to be made of natural material detached from the ground, my question is why Is that the case when a sukkah’s walls could be made of any material (so long as it doesn’t ...
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Need help explaining this [closed]

Can someone help me understand this Rabbi Akiva Eiger on sukkah 17a? Thank you https://www.sefaria.org/Chiddushei_Rabbi_Akiva_Eiger_on_Sukkah.17a.2?lang=bi
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Should havdalah be done in the sukkah

On sukkot, does havdalah have do be done in the sukkah after Shabbat? Does Halacha require this, or can it be done anywhere? If it is not required, is there still preference for it? As always, sources ...
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Deeper meaning behind the schach on the sukkah

The Rambam (Laws of Sukkah and Lulav, 4:7) writes: A sukkah that does not possess a roof is invalid This is from a halachic perspective. However, I was wondering what the deeper meaning behind the ...
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Onen eating outside sukkah

Is an onen exempt from eating in the sukkah on sukkot? Are they allowed to eat outside the sukkah (sources much appreciated please).
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Accidentally started outside the Sukkah

If one began eating out of the Sukkah, and only remembered to eat in the Sukkah once he has less than a כביצה left to eat, must he go eat it in the Sukkah? Or what about vice versa - if one began ...
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Is there an inyan to shake the lulav in the sukka, even when it's raining?

According to the Arizal one should shake the lulav in the sukka al pi kabbala. Does this inyan apply even if it's raining in the sukka?
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How can the Rambam say there is no argument about sukkah size?

The Rambam says in his introduction to the Mishneh that there is never any argument about things received by tradition, for example that a sukkah is 7 by 7: ושלא יהיה בחללה פחות משבעה טפחים אורך על ...
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Lulav in the Mikdash vs Lulav elsewhere

The verse in Vayikra 23,40 states: וּלְקַחְתֶּ֨ם לָכֶ֜ם בַּיּ֣וֹם הָרִאשׁ֗וֹן פְּרִ֨י עֵ֤ץ הָדָר֙ כַּפֹּ֣ת תְּמָרִ֔ים וַעֲנַ֥ף עֵץ־עָבֹ֖ת וְעַרְבֵי־נָ֑חַל וּשְׂמַחְתֶּ֗ם לִפְנֵ֛י יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֖ם ...
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Do Aravot grow berries?

I know that Hadasim can grow berries, but what about the accepted specie of Aravot. Does it grow berries at some point? I have heard the dvar Torah about fruit (smell/taste), but that only works if ...
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Are you allowed to paint a sukkah?

Many people build sukkahs out of untreated 2x4s. While I understand the aesthetics of leaving them raw and unpainted, emphasizing that it is a temporary structure, is there any reason why you should ...
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Using Wooden Screws to Secure the Beams that Hold Up Schach?

Lechatchila one should not use metal objects that are mekabel tumah (susceptible to tumah) for something that supports the s'chach ("maamid"), however, "maamid d'maamid" is ...
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Pergola - Kosher scach?

This pergola was originally put up a around 2 weeks before Sukkos 5783. The shade that this makes is at least 50/50 (if not more.) So several questions: Is this kosher scach by itself? If yes, what ...
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Can a geodesic dome with a large flat open space on top be used as a kosher sukkah?

I have a friend who proposed the idea of building a geodesic dome sukkah this year - but with a flat open space atop the dome so that the schach can lay flat atop the sukkah. we are intending this ...
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Can one benefit from the Sechach through Hataras Nedarim

The Gemara (Sukkah 9a) learns out from the verse, that just like it is forbidden to benefit from a sacrifice, so too is it forbidden to benefit from the sukkah The question is: is it possible to ...
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How do Rabbis maintain that a sukkah is a דירת עראי?

According to the Gemara the Rabbis maintain that a sukkah is a דירת עראי. There are many contextual indications to this fact within Masechet Sukkah. However, one of the most pointed statements ...
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Making a sukkah your house

They say your sukkah should become like your house for all of Sukkot, meaning you eat there, sleep there, and just spend most of your time there. However normally, one doesn’t always let’s say eat in ...
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Watching TV in the Sukkah?

Are there any poseqim that discuss the permissibility or lack thereof of watching TV, or any streaming media really, in the Sukkah? What is the balance between the principles of תשבו כעין תדורו (that ...
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לישב בסוכה the second night if you've been in the sukkah continuously

Let's say you were in the sukkah on the first day of Sukkos, outside Israel, and said לישב בסוכה. You have not interrupted your stay in the sukkah. Now it's the second night. Do you say the bracha ...
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Looking for picture of "tzadikkim in sukkah"

I recently saw a noy-sukkah, it was a picture of many tzaddikim (chasidic rebbis and litvish gedolim) gathered around a table in a large sukkah, with the head of the table empty (I gather it's ...
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During the Exodus, why didn't God house the Israelites in real Succot?

"לְמַעַן יֵדְעוּ דֹרֹתֵיכֶם כִּי בַסֻּכּוֹת הוֹשַׁבְתִּי אֶת־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּהוֹצִיאִי אוֹתָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם...׃ in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people ...
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Does one have to eat in a sukkah if they were going to eat outside anyways?

If a sukkah is a temporary replacement for a home, does one need to eat in a sukkah if they were in a park or at a restaurant?
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Why we have to say Keriat Shma on the bed in the Sukkah?

It is known that on Passover night the custom is not to say Keriat Shma on the bed since it is called Shimurim night - a night that is preserved from the 'bad winds' (Mazikim). We don't put a Mezuza ...
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What does the word s'chach סכך have to do with anointing or pouring?

What does the word s'chach סכך (the roof of a sukkah or succah) have to do with anointing or pouring? The word s'chach סכך appears to come from the verb to anoint or to pour, as in the following ...
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Why is the minimum size of a sukkah too small to sleep in?

As far as I understand, the Mitzvah of Sukkah is to eat and sleep in it and treat it as your home. Nevertheless, the minimum size of a Sukkah is 7 x 7 tefachim, which is big enough to eat in but not ...
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Non-Jew Allowed in the Sukkah

I heard in a class that there is either an prohibition or at least an inyan not to have a non-Jew in the sukkah. What is the source for this?
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Can you use jute twine to hold down the schach of a sukka

In one of the Lakewood weekly (free) papers, I recently came across an ad from Rabbi Yehuda Shain in which he notes that jute twine is acceptable to tie and hold down schach. Keeping the lecatchila ...
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Looking for Schach Ideas

I have a bit of unique situation. I have a nice sized outdoor space (I live in a basement apartment) in an urban area and wanted to put up a sukkah. I have large walls on every side of the space and ...
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How many Menoros were there by the Simchas Bais HaShoeva

The Mishna Succah 51A says: מְנוֹרוֹת שֶׁל זָהָב הָיוּ שָׁם, וְאַרְבָּעָה סְפָלִים שֶׁל זָהָב בְּרָאשֵׁיהֶם, וְאַרְבָּעָה סוּלָּמוֹת לְכׇל אֶחָד וְאֶחָד, So we know that each Menorah had 4 cups on ...
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Is one allowed to use neighbor's overhanging tree branches for schach?

The Shulchan Aruch in CM 155:26 rules that if the neighbor's overhanging tree branches present a nuisance, one is allowed to cut them until the property line. Is one allowed to cut these branches if ...
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What is the best modern day, Hebrew kitzur sefer for learning hilchos succah?

I am looking for something in the style of ספר ארחות שבת. That is, something that has short introductions to each subsection in which the author will explain the relevant background from the gemaras ...
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What is a Dofen Akuma?

The gemara in Sukka 4 speaks of Dofen Akuma (literally a "bent wall"). How does this halacha look/work?
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A place with illustrations of Gemara Sukkah?

The beginning of Sukkah (4a/4b) describes different scenarios where platforms are built alongside the three walls of the Sukkah. I am having a very tough time picturing how they are built and ...
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Interdimensional Succahs [closed]

1: Setting aside the issues of Halachically defined time in space, and ignoring the physical constraints limiting a spacecraft from having Schach mounted properly, how should Schach be oriented to ...
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Why do some people require shaking Arba Minim (four species) in the Succah?

Related (but not a duplicate of) the old question here inquiring the logical connection between Arba Minim and the holiday of Succot. My question is in a slightly different vein - if the Arba Minim ...
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How much of the roof of a sukkah must be open?

Yesterday, during lunchtime in a sukkah with generous schach, l got into a discussion on the minimum and maximum fraction of the area of the roof of a sukkah that must be sufficiently open that you ...
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Bal Tosif for women eating in sukah on Shmini Atezeret?

It is written in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 666:1 that one may not sit a sukkah on Shemini Atzeret (Simchat Torah in chutz la'aretz) because it looks like bal tosif. Does this also apply to women? Can ...
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Is the Ethrog upside down? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding waving the lulav and ethrog. The mesorah (sukkah 45b, Mishneh Brurah 651:16) tells us to wave/hold the arba minim in the direction that it grows. But the tradition is to ...
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How can a Sukkah be used as a protection from "Storm and Rain"?

According to the last verse of "Yeshayahu - Isaiah - Chapter 4", a Sukkah is "for a shelter and for a covert from stream and from rain" (Chabad) or "for a refuge and for a ...
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What are the references or terms for the word sukkah?

Which words or descriptions serve as references for the word sukkah? I will accept any and all sources that are accepted here at mi yodeya.
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Does the law of pi tikrah apply to temporary structures such as a sukkah?

In Eruvin 94b the Sages are debating about the Sinaitic law of partitions, more specifically “pi tikrah” ( פי תקרה יורד וסותם .) Here the topic is about permanent homes. Presently, I am in the process ...
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Is it perfectly fine halachically to put up the schach first and then tie down the canvas walls?

If one has a sukkah with canvas walls that sway in the wind, can he put the schach on top of the sukkah before tying down the canvas walls so they won't sway, or would it be a problem of "Taaseh ...
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Why do we celebrate Sukkot in booths?

The Torah says: You shall dwell in booths for seven days... so that your generations might know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths. [Lev. 23:42-43] The stated reason seems strange. ...
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Who said the "sukkot" were really "clouds of glory"?

The Torah says: “I made the children of Israel dwell in booths”. [Lev. 23:42-43] The Talmud says: Rabbi Eliezer said that these booths were clouds of glory, but Rabbi Akiva said that these booths were ...
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Why is Succos in Tishrei and not in Nissan - less famous answers

There is a famous question of the Tur why Succos is in Tishrei and not in Nissan, when we actually left Mitzraim and received the Clouds of Glory. (You can find the Tur's answer here and here where it ...
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Practical Walls of Canvas Sukkah

Without getting into the question of the walls of a canvas sukkah (see Shulchan Aruch OC 630:10), what are some easy and practical methods of making kosher walls in such a canvas sukkah? (We try the ...
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Would a hole in the ground with schach over the hole constitute a kosher sukkah?

If a hole was dug in the ground with 4 sides, would the 4 sides constitute walls that can be used for a sukkah?
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Is a mitzvah fulfilled if its fulfillment is based on an averah?

The Mishnah Sukkah 2:3 says that if one builds a sukkah on top of a camel or a tree, it is valid, but one may not use it during yom tov (but may during chol ha-moed). Rashi adds that if one uses it ...
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Differences in Halachic wording - "This isn't X" or "This is not Kosher X"

In Succah 8b I noticed two different wordings regarding a Succah: א"ר לוי משום ר"מ שתי סוכות של יוצרים זו לפנים מזו - הפנימית אינה סוכה R' Levi said in the name of R' Meir: two craftsmen’s ...
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