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

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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 ...
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Sukkos Gedolim Poster

A bit late to be asking but anyone know where to get this poster?:
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Why is there any debate regarding sitting in a Succah on Shmini Atzeret outside Israel? [duplicate]

A 2nd day of Yom Tov is observed outside of Israel because of sfeika d'yoma - (doubt which day Rosh Hodesh was declared, and thus, which day is the 1st day of the holiday.) The Torah states that one ...
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Is sitting in a succah normal succos time?

The Tur in Orach Chaim siman 668, when dealing with the issue of sitting in a succah on Shmini Atzeres outside of Eretz Yisroel out of doubt, brings a Rosh who explains the reason why sitting there ...
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How much schach would be required for a Leviathan succah?

Preface - While this question may appear humorous, it is not "Purim Torah". On Shmini Atzeret, there is a short "good-bye" to the Succah prayer which includes the wish that we should merit, next year,...
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How cold does it have to get for it to become assur to sit in the sukkah during the holiday of sukkot?

During the holiday of sukkot, whenever you eat, sleep or do other "living" type activities they must be done within the sukkah. The exception to this rule is that if you are caused pain because of bad ...
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May one disassemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed?

I know from 134:11 in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that one may assemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed. May one disassemble a Sukkah during Chol Hamoed in order to prevent the Sukkah from being damaged by, ...
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The Anshei Knesses Hagedola and the mitzvas succah

In the text of the רבון כל העולמים that many people say as part of the welcoming of the אושפיזין, we find the words: וכאילו כיונתי בכל הכונות שכונו בה אנשי כנסת הגדולה. I am having trouble ...
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Is mosquitos a good enough reason not to eat in the sukkah?

There's a principle that if you are pained from sitting in the sukkah you are exempt from eating in it. The typical applicaiton of this ruling is when it rains. In my back yard we have a lot of ...
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Can a tree branch be leaning on the roof of a sukkah?

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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Sukka - can walls extend past the schach

If my walls extend about five inches past my Schach support beams is that an issue? Does the Schach need to "top" the sukka or can it rest a few inches below the top of the walls?
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Dismantling a Succah on Chol Hamoed in order to rebuild it

A succah is huktsa, set apart, for its mitzvah usage and therefore cannot be dismantled on Succos. See here in the Shulchan Aruch. To clarify, although the words used in the shulchan aruch are to ...
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Can an igloo be a valid succah?

Follow up to this answer. The end of item 1 encouraged me to ask a question regarding using ice as the succah walls. Assume that scrub brush is used as schach. Some additional parameters regarding ...
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Can flowing water be used as walls for a sukkah?

Is it permissible to make a sukkah with walls made of flowing water (assuming that schach can be suspended over these 'walls')? Furthermore, would the water need to be 'continuous' or 'wall-like' (...
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Can your succah schach also be your walls? [duplicate]

Does the schach need to be completely detached from the walls of the succah? Let's say that you build a "pipe" succah. You get a giant bamboo mat, and spread it out so that it not only covers the ...
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Does a succah require a definitive roof?

Let's say your entire succah is made from very large bamboo poles, which are eligible to be used for schach. You decide to make a true 3-sided pyramid, where you lay the poles at an angle making a 3-...
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May a 3 sided pyramid (almost) be used as a succah?

Talmud succah states that a succah must have a minimum of 3 sides. Can a person build a 3-sided pyramid, but rather than a "full" pyramid, where all the sides meet at the same point at the top, let's ...