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

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Can Schach that fell be restored on Shabbat/Chag?

If the Schach or a portion of it fell/flew off during Shabbat/Chag, can it be placed back?
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Can one tie their sukkah wall to keep it from collapsing in heavy wind?

If the sukkah is able to stand on it's own under normal circumstances, can one tie the sukkah wall "down" to a branch for instance, in order to add extra support for heavy wind?
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Why would the Jews dwell in booths specifically while fighting Sichon and Og?

The Rokeach § 219 (brought by Eliyah Rabbah 625:1) brings those who say that when Rabbi Akiva (Sukkah 11b) says that Sukkos commemorates the sukkos that the Jews dwelled in, it's referring to when ...
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Are there potential problems with this sukkah? [closed]

I plan on making two walls of my sukkah from wooden panels constructed out of vertical slats nailed to a horizontal wooden slat at the top and bottom. The walls will be just over 10 tefachim high and ...
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Noy sukkah in a pasul sukkah

The decorations of a sukkah are muktzeh and can't be moved on Yom Tov and this seems to include food items on which no other stipulation was made (which I get from Mas. Sukkah, 10a-b and here). But ...
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Is a permanent sukkah OK? [duplicate]

Some people build permanent sukkot in their backyards. Is this OK? If not, how much of the sukkah must actually be built prior to the holiday?
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Can one use a succa built by a non-Jew? [duplicate]

Can one use a succa built by a non-Jew? If not, how much involvement of a Jew is required to make the succa kosher?
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Vilna Gaon's gematria for the number of kosher & non-kosher sukkot in Masechet Sukkah

I remember once learning that the Vilna Gaon said that Maseches Sukkah (Bavli, Yerushalmi, Tosefta) talks about 85 non-kosher sukkot and 91 kosher sukkot. The Gra said the way to remember this is ...
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Why is it important that Shammay's daughter-in-law gave birth?

I heard the Gemmorah is justifying Rebbe for omitting key words in the Mishna for his brevity. Succah 2,8 says: מַעֲשֶׂה וְיָלְדָה כַלָּתוֹ שֶׁל שַׁמַּאי הַזָּקֵן וּפִחֵת אֶת הַמַּעֲזִיבָה ...
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Is Temporary housing (דירת עראי) mentioned outside Succah?

A Beraytah in Succah (3a) outlines multiple laws pertaining to a permanent house (דירת קבע): תנו רבנן בית שאין בו ארבע אמות על ארבע אמות פטור מן המזוזה ומן המעקה ואינו מטמא בנגעים ואינו נחלט בבתי ...
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Idea for good insulating s'chach

I live in a fairly cold climate (at least during Sukkos, especially this year) and so I am always looking for ways to reduce heat-loss in my Sukkah. There are plenty of options for the walls, but the ...
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Source of the idea of “enough to square” - “כדי לרבע”

IIRC the idea of "to square" addresses two main issues - measuring a minimal Succah and a minimal house for Mezzuzah (I'll focus on the first but the discussion on the later is similar). IIRC the ...
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Reasons for scattering Talmudic subjects over different Masechtot

It is easy to criticize the Rabbinical sources for inconsistency, as I did many times, but I would truly like to find a plausible and reasonable explanation for a certain trend in the Talmud based on ...
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How much should Rosho Verubo be for Succah measurements?

The Gemmorah (Succah 3 and Mishna on 28) states that the requirements for a Succah are that a person can fit it "ראשו ורובו" - the head and most of the body. IIRC the average body is 3 Amot (18 ...
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Rambam's decision to merge Shofar with Succah and Lulav?

When subdividing his 14 books, Rambam decided to merge Hilchos Shofar with Succah and Lulav, allocating the first 3 chapters to the first and the last 5 to the laters (see here) with no seeming ...
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Why the minimal footage of a Succah is not mentioned in the Mishnah?

The first Mishnah in Succah discusses the height of Schach but not the measures. Subsequently, the Mishnah does not deal with it at all (Mishna 2.7 discusses the placement of the table independently ...
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Shouldn't the minimum Succah size be 6x7 Tfachim?

According to Bartenura on Mishna Sukkah 1:1, the calculation for the minimum Succah footage is the footage one man occupies (1 Ama x 1 Ama), i.g. 6 by 6 Tfachim and 1 Tefach for his table: שהסוכה ...
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Why aren't the walls also made of Schach?

The Gemmorah learns the obligation of Succah from the Clouds of Glory that surrounded the Jewish people on Exodus (and later). It also learns (at least one opinion) that the Schach must resemble a ...
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Why don't we say “this is a Succah our forefathers used in Exodus”

On the Seder Night, we say הא לחמא עניא - this is the bread our ancestors ate in Egypt. The Torah says we should sit in Succos as G-d made Succos in Exodus (Lev 23.43). לְמַעַן יֵדְעוּ דֹרֹתֵיכֶם ...
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How a Succah deserves to be made of waste?

כי אתא רבין אמר ר' יוחנן אמר קרא "באספך מגרנך ומיקבך" בפסולת גורן ויקב הכתוב מדבר Ravin ... said that Rabbi Yoḥanan said that the verse states: “You shall prepare for you the festival of Sukkot ...
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Does Torah mention actual living in Sukkot?

IIRC, R' Akiva's view is that the Jews lived in actual Succot when exiting Egypt (Sukkah 11b "ענני כבוד היו דברי רבי אליעזר, רבי עקיבא אומר: סוכות ממש עשו להם"). But I only remember that the Torah ...
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Waterproof s'chach

I live in Manchester, UK, which is known for our rainy weather, and Sukkot often requires a lot of covering and uncovering the Sukkah with a waterproof cover. I have been wondering whether it is ...
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Can you use fabric made from plant fibre for s'chach?

Can you use fabric made from plant fibre (eg. hemp, jute, burlap, hessian etc) for s'chach? As far as I understand, it grows from the ground, it isn't made into a keli so shouldn't be mekabel tumah ...
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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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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 ...