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Sukkot begins on the 15th of Tishrei and lasts for 7 days, plus an additional day (two outside of Israel) of Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah. It is the festival of booths ("tabernacles"), one of the three main chagim.

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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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Do we dwell in Sukkos to remind us of the place called Sukkos?

Shemos 12:37 וַיִּסְעוּ בְנֵי⁠ יִשְׂרָאֵל מֵרַעְמְסֵס סֻכֹּתָה כְּשֵׁשׁ⁠ מֵאוֹת אֶלֶף רַגְלִי הַגְּבָרִים לְבַד מִטָּף. The Children of Israel travelled from Ramses to Sukkot, about six hundred ...
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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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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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What to do on Sukuot if there is no sukkah?

Sometimes it happens that it is not possible to either build a sukkah or find one due to the absence of a nearby synagogue. What is the way out of this situation?
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The reason Sukkos is connected to Gog U'Magog

In sefer Or Shiva't HaYamim, Rabbi Eliezer Zev Raz writes that the war of Gog U'Magog will be fought on Hoshana Rabbah, e.g. on Sukkos and Moshiach ben David will fight the war, prevail and defeat 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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Smelling the Haddas when the first day is Shabbos

According to the Ta”z (OC 665), who holds that it is forbidden to smell the Haddas once it was bundled - even before it was used for the Mitzvah - is one permitted to smell it on the first day of ...
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Four Minim in Kaballah

In my Siddur it says in the 'Yehi Ratzon' before the Netilat Lulav, that by combining the 4 Minim I ask Hashem to combine the 4 letters of his holy name. Does anybody know, which Min corrsponds to ...
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Talking between lulav and hoshanos

Before the shofar blowing, usually there's an announcement not to make a hefsek until after the last tekios post-Musaf. Is there something similar for lulav? Should you not talk between the bracha ...
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There is no Shabbat Chol Hamoed for Sukkot this year. Why is Kohelet not read on the same day in both E"Y and chu"l?

I can understand why Kohelet is not read on Shmini Atzeret in E"Y, because it's already a long davening. However, why doesn't everyone read it on the first day of the chag, which is also Shabbat?
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Hadassim with 3 leaves equally [closed]

My Hadassim (chut Hamakif AAA) grew roots. For the first 1+year, the main one grew 3 leaves and the off-shoots (from where the leaves fell off) grew one leaf staggered up each twig. Now for 1+ years ...
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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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Connection between the fall of Jericho and Sukkoth

Regarding the haqafoth (circumabulations) performed on Sukkoth around the mizbeah (altar), the Yerushalmi (Sukkah 4:3) records the following: אותו היום מקיפין את המזבח שבע פעמים. א"ר אחא זכר ...
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Circumambulations around the Temple altar

The Mishnah records the following ritual having been performed in the Temple on Sukkoth (Sukkah 4:5): בכל יום מקיפין את המזבח פעם אחת ואומרין אנא ה' הושיעה נא אנא ה' הושיעה נא רבי יהודה אומר אני והוא ...
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Dipping Chalah in honey the first night of Succos?

The Tur (Orach Chaim 475), argues on the Rambam, who holds that one must dip the Matzah in Charoset, and the Tur not only disagrees with this, but even holds that by doing so, he would not have ...
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Questions About Jeroboam (son of Nebat)'s "Festival...in Imitation of the Festival in Judah"

1 Kings 12:26-33 records Jeroboam's religious "reforms." Among these were the establishment of a "festival...in imitation of the festival in Judah": 32 He stationed at Bethel the ...
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Source: King Returns From War And Hangs Weapons On Wall

There is a Midrash that says a king returned victoriously from war and hung his weapons on the wall, which is apparently related to Sukkos. Where is this Midrash?
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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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Sources that are against אושפיזין custom?

Are there any rabbinic sources that speak against the Sukkoth custom of inviting אושפיזין into the Sukkah? Or the formulation of its attendant text(s)? I of course do not intend the righteous and ...
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Hoshanot without a Minyan - removing the Torah from the Aron Hakodesh

There are nine men at Shacharit on Hol HaMoed Sukkot, one short of a minyan. Hoshanot can be recited without a minyan. Should the Torah be removed from the Aron when reciting Hoshanot with only nine ...
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Bracha of leshev basuccah sitting down

The Mishna Berura says in three places (that I know of) that every birchas hamizvah must be said standing up (סי' ח' ס"ק ב', סי' תפט שעה"צ ס"ק ז', וסי' תקפה ס"ק א-ב). If this is ...
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Esrog: How do you tell if a scratch or mark on the top half is a problem?

Esrog: How do you tell if a small scratch, nick, or mark on the top half (near the pitum) is a problem? If it's not mehudar, or חסר? What are the practical guidelines? People often bring such cases to ...
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Leshev baSukkah without eating bread

Is there an halachic possibility of saying Leshev baSukkah for someone who cannot eat bread (or anything HaMotzi)?
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How did they sacrifice fresh grain for Sukkos, during sabattical and Yoval years? [duplicate]

I seem to remember a commandment, specific to Succos, of a sacrifice of fresh grain. While reading this week (Behar) about the sabbatical (shmita) years, a congregant posed the question of what they ...
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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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What is the origin of mitzvah Aravah?

Mishna in Sukkah 4:3 describes the mitzvah of Aravah, which was performed in the temple by circling the mizbeach with willow branches. This mitzvah is not mentioned in any indexes of the 613 mitzvos. ...
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Hoshanot Order in Sukkot

In Nusach Sfard (Ashkenazi) there are different Hoshanot at the different days of Sukkot. Why does the order and the content of the Hoshanot depend on the day of the first Sukkot Yom Tov? Is there any ...
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T’yomet of the lulav

I’m trying to better understand the laws of the t’yomet of the lulav. Overall, I understand that it is valid unless ‘significantly divided,’ however, what level of division invalidates? For example, ...
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When is the latest time to do Hoshanot on Sukkot?

I was wondering if Hoshanot can be done all day (like lulav and Hallel) or if it can only be done by a certain time.
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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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Is the mitzvah of shaking the lulav Biblical just the first day or all of the days?

See title for the question. Please quote sources if possible.
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Why are the lulav, aravot and haddasim bundled?

Why are the lulav, hadassim and aravot bundled together? What's wrong with leaving them separated? Why not bundle the etrog with them? Why is it separate? Are there any hints / references in the these ...
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What is this custom of chasidim to say tehillim after maariv chol hamoed Sukkos?

I see a chasidic minyon that has been saying tehillim with a specific niggun every night of chol hamoed after maariv,‎ it seems like a well known practice,‎ does anyone know what it is?‎
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Musaf korban for second day Sukkos outside Israel

In our observance of second day Yom Tov when we continue the minhag of our forefathers even though we now have a fixed calendar and know very well which day it is. Gem Beitzah 4b. The result is that ...
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Which Hoshana teffilot and Musaf Korbonos go with which days in Israel?‎

I have an Artscroll siddur which lists the different Hoshanos to say on which days of Chol Hamoed Sukkos in America,‎ and also in the Musaf which korbonos to say for each day,‎ but it seems to be ...
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What's the reason behind the minhag of shaking the lulav in the sukkah?

I understand that not everybody has this minhag, but at most Sephardi shuls I've gone to, there's a definite minhag to walk outside after chazarat haShatz, go to the sukkah, say a beracha on the lulav ...
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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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Placement of the Hoshanot service

I’ve noticed that some congregations (generally nusach ashkenaz) recite Hoshanot after Musaf on Sukkot, whereas others (generally edot mizrach, nusach sefard, some Israeli nusach ashkenaz) recite them ...
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Is a yachid the congregation or the chazzan?

When saying the Hallel on Sukkot one waves the 4 species at certain points. According to the Artscroll Machzor that I use, there are wavings that differ for the chazzan from what the kahal does (page ...
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Why do we say Ushpizin in Aramaic?

There are things that we say in davening in Aramaic. I have seen a few explanations as to why (as per this Q and A) but I don't know where Ushpizin fits in with that. I'm not sure if anyone would call ...
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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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Eretz Yisrael Esrog (Ordang)

Wikipedia writes, (unsourced) that standard Eretz Yisrael Esrogim are Ordang Esrogim, because virtually all of the Esrogim in Eretz Yisrael were safek murkav (possibly grafted) or produced ...
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Can I refrigerate an esrog?

I recall a teshuva of R Moshe (which I can’t find and may be remembering wrong) that says that an esrog that was stored in a vacuum from last year is not kosher even though it’s perfectly yellow and ...
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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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A different Lulav set?

Vayikra/Leviticus 23:40 וּלְקַחְתֶּם לָכֶם בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן, פְּרִי עֵץ הָדָר כַּפֹּת תְּמָרִים, וַעֲנַף עֵץ-עָבֹת, וְעַרְבֵי-נָחַל ; וּשְׂמַחְתֶּם, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם--שִׁבְעַת יָמִים. On ...
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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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