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

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How long does the bracha “lashev b'sukka” last?

On Succos, how many times a day does one say "lashev b'sukka"? - Once a day at the onset of daylight? - Once at day and once at night"? - Every time one enters the succa to eat? - Other? And why?
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Why did R. Moses Isserles state the same law twice in a row?

In Shulchan Aruch O.C. 624:5, R. Moses Isserles states: והמדקדקים מתחילים מיד במוצאי י"כ בעשיית הסוכה כדי לצאת ממצוה אל מצוה And the careful ones begin making the succah immediately at the ...
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What must be eaten in a sukkah?

Suppose over Sukkot, one's hotel for chol ha moed won't have a sukkah. I'd like to know what one can eat that won't trigger the "meals must be eaten in a sukkah" issues. (I'm knowledgeable enough ...
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Supporting schach on a sukkah

I understand that it is preferable to support schach with materials that would themselves constitute schach. I cannot find any information on whether it is permissible to use metal screws/nails to, ...
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Succah on public property and Mitzvah by Averah

What are the Halachic implications of a Succah built on a public property? Is it called a Succah Gezulah or the land can't be stolen, etc.? Similarly, if the Succah poses serious inconveniences to the ...
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Can one drink a beer outside the Sukkah?

Can one drink a beer outside the Sukkah? Since it is alcohol, it may be different than a regular drink... But then again, it's not as chashuv as wine or scotch...
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General permission to leave a Succah for a Mitzvah or not?

Staying in the Succah is a DeOrayso Mitzvah עוסק במצווה פטור ממצוה, How one is allowed to leave his Succah for another Mitzvah/not Mitzvah at all, like a hike? Is it because he's automatically ...
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Torah definition of אזרח, גר and תושב?

The Gemmorah in Succah (and Kiddushin) learns that the women are exempt from sitting in a Succah from the word האזרח. The Torah uses this word a couple of times, many times together with the words גר ...
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Building a Succah one suffers from in the first place?

We hold that "מצטער פטור מן הסוכה" (SHUA תרמ) - one who suffers from [the conditions of] sitting in a Succah is exempt from Succah. The basic premise of the Gemora (Succah 26) this Halachah is based ...
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Sukkah: Why not tough it out?

Why specifically by Sukkah is there a concept of מצטער פטור מן הסוכה הוא (Shulchan Aruch OC 640:4) someone who is in pain in by being in the Sukkah is exempt? We don't have such a low threshold for ...
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Must the top of a sukkah be level?

I saw this question about a portable sukkah and I immediately thought of those pop-up canopies that you sometimes see at picnics and the like. The canopy has a metal or plastic frame that folds up ...
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What is the ultimate portable Succah?

What is the best design for a do it yourself portable Succah? (just focusing here on walls, Scach will be a mat) I am thinking something I can take to the park, and set it up right over the existing ...
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Why is only Purim to be celebrated “forever”?

The Sources say that only Purim will be observed forever: -Tanakh: "These days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city. These days ...
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Is a man obligated to provide a Succah for his grown-up sons?

I started with the "succah-precedence" question but it turned out some other premises are unclear. One is obligated to provide shelter for his kids (let's say up to 18-22 Rambam Ishut 12:14) . One is ...
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Who owns the air above a balcony (to build a Succah)?

Contemporary buildings in Jerusalem for Haredim are built in such a manner, that the balcony of the first floor extends to, say, 20 feet, 2nd floor 17 feet, 3rd floor 14 etc, so each one has 3 feet of ...
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Fitting in a Succah precedence - kids, parents, women or guests

When there's no place for everyone in the Succah, who takes the precedence: one's sons (underage and grown-ups) one's parents/grandparents women (wife, grown-up daughters) the guests (male/female)? ...
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slanted sukka roof frame [duplicate]

Would a sukkah frame design with a slant on the roof, e.g. following the diagram on this page, be kosher?
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Why wait to eat if it rains on the first night of Sukkot?

If it is raining on the first night of Sukkot, Rema Orach Chayyim 639:5 writes: לילה הראשונה צריך לאכול כזית בסוכה אף אם גשמים יורדין ויקדש בסוכה כדי שיאמר זמן על הסוכה On the first night, one ...
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Are Beis Shammi and Beis Hillel really arguing about the minimum size of a succah or dwellability?

What are Beis Shammi and Beis Hillel really arguing about in Succah Daf 3a when the Mishna states: מי שהיה ראשו ורובו בסוכה ושולחנו בתוך הבית ב"ש פוסלין ובית הלל מכשירין?
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Are there any applications of dofen akumah outside of sukkah?

The Gemara (in several places, here's one) lists a group of three halachos related to walls that were taught to Moshe at Sinai: gud [asik/achis] - extending a partial wall up or down under certain ...
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What is Rebbi Yehuda's source for allowing a succah to be above 20 amos?

Some say that R' Yehuda held that there is no Biblical source for the 20 amos limit and therefore ruled that a succah could be higher than 20 amos. But that would seem to go against the Gemara that ...
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Replacing sukkah walls one at a time after schach is already on the succah

Remah Shulchan Aruch OC at end of 635:1 - רמ"א בשולחן ערוך אורח חיים בסוף סימן תרלה: ואין לעשות הסכך קודם שיעשה הדפנות: The schach should not be made (put up on the Sukkah) before making (...
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Tosfos and the rain proof sukkah

The bottom Tosfos on Sukkah 2a (DH Ki Avid) talks about how it must be that the scach of a sukkah can't be rain proof, because if it was, then when the Rabbanan say that rain on sukkos is a bad sign (...
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Sukkah vs Tefilin

If one is in middle of a meal on Sukkot and that person uses the bathroom, when one returns to his Sukkah, it is my understanding that a new blessing on the sukkah is not required. However, when it ...
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Talis Falling - vs. Leaving the Sukkah [closed]

Why is it then when one's Talis falls off unintentionally, he is required to make another blessing (Ashkenaz for sure) as it constitutes an interruption (hesech hada'as), but when it comes to Sukkah, ...
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Can you touch a Sukkah decoration over Sukkot that extends outside of the Sukkah?

This Sukkot, we had a rather interesting setup with one of our decorations. We have a chain made out of foam links. We've been building it up for years - it's got over 850 links by now. It's so big ...
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Sukkah underneath electric wires

If I build my sukkah underneath electric wires, is the sukkah kosher? Can I sit in the part of the sukkah that's underneath the wires?
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Living in the sukka

Why should one bring the nicest utensils in the Sukka? Was the first Sukka [in Sukkot] in the midbar not different? Is the sukka not a dira arai where we should dwell as a remembrance with big simcha ...
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What's the heter to ask a non jew to fix a sukkah on yom tov

The Mishnah Berurah 637:1 says its forbidden to build a sukkah on yom tov or to fix the schach if it fell off. However, through a non jew יש להתיר, he says it's permissible. Im curious what is the ...
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Does a succah need to be built from the bottom up?

The title of this question may have you puzzled. But, I'm combining ideas from this question about using a palapa ("tikki hut") and this question regarding using a hut built by a Gentile. OK, let's ...
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Can the entire succah be constructed by a Gentile?

In many shuls, I see that the hired Gentile custodian constructs the entire succah including laying down the schach. I understood that some part of the succah must be done by a Jew - at the least, ...
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Making a Sukka under some shutters on an exterior wall

The shutters aren't open at night. The Sukka is built in such a way as the shutters above it are exactly above only one corner. The shutters are two, of wood and open outward from the window above ...
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Sitting four tefachim under a dofen akuma

The Shulchan Arukh (OC 632:1) rules that invalid sekhakh at the edge of a sukkah does not invalidate the sukkah if it is less than four amoth, based on the principle of dofen akuma. He also rules ...
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What are the opinions on the maximum size of a kezayit?

I am going to be travelling for business during Sukkot and won't have access to a sukkah. Therefore I'm looking for the opinion for the largest minimum size for eating a kezayit of mezonot outside a ...
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Put schah up between Yom Kippur and sukkot [duplicate]

I was told that it is important not to put up the schah before yom Kippur. But in Yeshiva I learned that it can be put up 30 days before. Are there any sources that recommend or forbid to put up ...
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Why do we say Vehueesu “ach” samaech? Shouldnt it say maoed samaach?

Doesnt ach limit it? I would think just like we say ushmartem maoed" we should say maoed samaech - be very happy - any ideas
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Difference between the ordinary and extraordinary wind in Talmud [duplicate]

There are several instances that recur to the distinction between ordinary and extraordinary. For example wind. For instance: Sukkah must withstand ordinary wind (Orach Chayim 630.10) When one wind ...
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How do I build a cheap metal pole sukkah?

Trying to build a metal pole sukkah... I was wondering if anyone had experience building one from scratch using stuff from a local Lowes or Home Depot. I was going to use PVC piping but that sways and ...
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How to tell if a tree branch overhangs a Sukkah site

I'm trying to think of a practical and inexpensive way to tell at what point tree branches overhang our patio to know which parts can be used for a sukkah. The best ideas I've come up with that seem ...
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Can a sukka be partially under a roof?

On a balcony that is partially covered by a roof, can the sukka be extended under the covered part?
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Why is a suka forbidden for other uses all the eighth day, but an esrog is permitted after use?

The Talmud Bavli, Suka 46 amud 2, cites a difference of opinion as to how long an esrog and a suka are muktzim l'mitzvosehem, set aside for their respective mitzvos and forbidden for use for other ...
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Kiddush written on the sukkah

I've seen canvas sukkot that have kiddush printed on the walls. Can you use the text to say kiddush? Generally we can't benefit from the sukkah walls. For decorations, you can make a stipulation ...
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Putting a mezuzah on a sukkah

Why do we not place mezuzot on the doorways of sukkot? Given that the sukkah is supposed to function as a primary dwelling, it would seem to merit the inclusion of a mezuzah - especially if one were ...
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Are people taking care of their toddlers Patur from Sukkah?

Sukkah 25a says חולין ומשמשיהן פטורין מן הסוכה - Sick people, as well as those taking care of them, are Patur from Sukkah (See 26a that this applies even if it is not a life threatening illness, such ...
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Sukka and shemini atzeret havdalah

I am confuse When is succot and shemini atzeret/simkhat torah havdala should be made in diaspora? Should succot havdalah be made at the end of second night?
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May one sleep inside if one believes it will rain during sukkoth?

The majority hold that it is forbidden to sleep for even a moment outside the sukkah. It is considered to be foolish to sleep in the sukkah if it's raining. However, all the sources I've found word ...
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Kiddush on Sukkos before tzeit?

The first night of Sukkos we make kiddush after tzeit (Rama 639:3). My understanding is that this is purely because of the bracha of לישב בסוכה which you can't say until it's definitely night (Magen ...
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How far can a sukkah's walls be from schach?

How far can a sukkah's walls be from the schach? I build a sukkah in the corner of a courtyard next to my house, which has a verandah running along side it. Potentially two walls of the sukkah could ...
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Inexpensive succah roof material?

Common schach materials include: bamboo poles, other wooden poles or slats, reeds, corn stalks, bamboo mats. Reeds and corn stalks are not always readily available. Seeking ideas for inexpensive ...
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Difficulty understanding Gemara's logic about number of necessary sukkah walls

Some background information At Sukkah 6b, the gemara presents a dispute between R' Shimon and the Rabanan about how many walls are necessary for a sukkah to have. The Rabanan hold that a sukkah ...