Questions tagged [sukkot]

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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Mishnah Berurah's Safek on eating each day in Succah

The Mishnah Berurah (639,24) says that perhaps just like the Gra said on Pesah that there is a mitzvah to eat matzah every day of Pesah, so is there a mitzvah to eat bread and to say Birkat Leshev ...
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Is one forbidden to fast between Yom Kippur and Sukot?

I heard once that one shouldn’t fast between Yom Kippur and the end of Sukot , not sure its reason or if it’s an accurate statement
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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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Greatest Happiness on Earth?

The Mishnah in Sukkah (5:1) says, “כָּל מִי שֶׁלֹּא רָאָה שִׂמְחַת בֵּית הַשּׁוֹאֵבָה לֹא רָאָה שִׂמְחָה מִיָּמָיו – Anyone who never witnessed the water drawing of the Simchas Beis HaShoeva never saw ...
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Slat Mat Schach [closed]

I've been using loose 1x2 strip lumber for schach since time immemorial, which is sort of a pain, and I've been hankering for some roll-on-roll-off convenience. This year I was thinking of using jute ...
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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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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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Seventy Aravos on Succos

While listening to a shiur from Rav Heinemann, he noted a Rabbi Riff - Rav in Camden and descendant of the Netziv - who was stringent for a Hagahos Ashri which says you’re supposed to have seventy ...
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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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Why is the תפילת גשם, The prayer for rain, said on Shmini Atzeres, rather than on Hashanahah Rabbah?

Mishnah /Rosh Hashanah 1:2 - - משנה ראש השנה פרק א משנה א בְּאַרְבָּעָה פְרָקִים הָעוֹלָם נִדּוֹן, בְּפֶסַח עַל הַתְּבוּאָה, בַּעֲצֶרֶת עַל פֵּרוֹת הָאִילָן, בְּרֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה כָּל בָּאֵי ...
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Why does the Chazon Ish not allow supporting the schach with nailed planks?

The Chazon Ish in Hilchos Sukkah 143:2 writes: ולכן לדידן שאנו נוהגין להחמיר בדין המעמיד הסכך בדבר המקבל טומאה כדעת רמב"ן ור"ן, אין לקבוע הכלונסות במסמרים. Therefore according to us, who ...
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What is the origin and/or earliest use of the Ushpizin prayer (invitation of the 'exalted guests') during Sukkot?

While reading about Sukkot1 I came across a mention of a prayer recited during Sukkot, during which a celebrant invites the seven 'exalted guests' (well-known heroes and leaders of the Hebrew people/...
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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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How does Rambam explain why we don't ask for rain until the end of sukkos

The Mishnah in Sukkah 2:9 gives a parable to the situation of rain falling on Sukkos: מָשְׁלוּ מָשָׁל, לְמָה הַדָּבָר דּוֹמֶה, לְעֶבֶד שֶׁבָּא לִמְזוֹג כּוֹס לְרַבּוֹ, וְשָׁפַךְ לוֹ קִיתוֹן עַל ...
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Exclusively Rejoicing on Sukkot

Sukkot is z'man simchatenu -- the season of our rejoicing. But the megilla associated with it is Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which is a downer and somewhat depressing. Why? Sources say it is to provide ...
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Connection between the three Atzeret?

I noticed that there are three moments called Atzeret. The seventh day of Pesach (Deuteronomy 16:8) Shavuot (Pesachim 68b) Shemini Atzeret (Leviticus 23:36) But what is the connection between these ...
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Seven Ushpizot on Sukkot?

In a number of places online, I've seen reference made to a teaching from Menachem Azariah of Fano, or Rama MiPano, about seven female "guests" which visit the Sukkah over Sukkot, in paralel to the ...
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'good kvitel' and 'gmar tov'

Why do people say (I have no source that they do, but they do...) 'good kvitel' and 'gmar tov' after yom Kippur? Good kvitel - not really sure what that is about at all. Gmar tov - as far as I can ...
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Decorative tarp under schach

Someone (Bucharan) told me that his Rabbi and his Rabbi's Rabbi say that you can put a decorative tarp under the schah and it will remain kosher (even if rain cannot go through). To me this feels ...
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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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Is treated bamboo, kosher for schach please? (Treated to prevent ruin by water.)

Can anyone please tell me if bamboo that has been treated to withstand water, is kosher to be used as schach? I've heard divergent opinions. Many thanks and G-d bless.
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What to buy for Sukkot

If one is poor, should he buy an Etrog for Sukkot or food for his family? I am researching the halacha with regard to this as a response to the story by Agnon.
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format in the Torah of the sukkot korbanot at the end of pinchas

At the end of parshat Pinchas, the korbanot for sukkot are mentioned, and since there is a slight difference between each day, they are repeated eight times. My issue is that if you look at the way it ...
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Sukkos and Chanukah Connection

There are many parallels between Sukkos and Chanuka: The Gemara in Shabbos 21b gives an explanation for Beis Shammai's opinion that one should count down candles throughout Chanukah that it's just ...
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Source that Lulav is a banner representing life

I am reading a Devar Torah by an esteemed Rosh Yeshiva which says "Furthermore, the Midrash explains that when we lift our lulavim and esrogim on Sukkos, it is essentially a celebration of life. The ...
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Ushpizin in the Rain

Does one say Ushpizin if one is eating inside a house and not in the Sukkah due to heavy rain? Is Ushpizin about inviting the guest to the sukkah, or is it about inviting to the se'udah, where ever it ...
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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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Leyning on Chol Ha-moed Sukkot

Can anyone explain the rationale for the Ashkenazi leyning in chutz la-aretz on Chol Ha-Moed? For example, on the first day of chol ha-moed, we leyn as follows: first aliya - uvayom ha sheni; second ...
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Source for Simchas Beis HaShoeivah nowadays

In the time when the Temple stood in Jerusalem, there was a ceremony called the Simchas Beis HaShoeivah. The central aspect of the event is, as the name implies, the drawing of water and pouring it as ...
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R. Bachaye's understanding of why Sukkos is split up in the Pesukim

(All quotes are from Parshas Emor, Vayikra 23.) In pesukim 33-36, the Mitzvah of the karbanos on Sukkos in mentioned. In verses 37-38, the Torah records the concluding line of Eileh Moadei... which ...
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Is there a specific type of myrtle/hadass for sukkot?

It is well known that one can't just use any citrus for sukkot, but rather, one has to use an etrog/citron. But what about for the hadass? I know the branches used should have "3 leaves that surround."...
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Conceptual reason women are exempt from Sukkah

I understand that the reason women are exempt from the mitzvah of sukkah is a halacha l'Moshe miSinai (Sukkah 28a-b). I would to know if any commentaries address the conceptual reason for this ...
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Using material not part of the 4 species to tie together the four species [duplicate]

I forgot how we pasken do we say it's just mehudar to use "mino" or is it a chiyuv? the picture explains it all.
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Why is the mitzvah of the four species especially appropriate for the holiday of Succot?

What connection is there between the mitzvah of the four species and the theme of Succot? Why is this mitzvah especially appropriate for this holiday specifically? I am aware that there are different ...
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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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No sales Tax == Lulav Hagazul?

Depending on the rules of the state, one might need to pay sales tax on food items. Thus, If I buy my arba minim off of some vendor and pay in cash, there is a non-zero probability that somewhere in ...
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If a shul buys arbah minim (etrog, lulav, etc.) by using membership dues, does everyone have an automatic ownership?

From this M.Y. answer: On the first two days of Sukkot, the mitzvah can be fulfilled only using one’s own Four Kinds. As such, if using someone else’s set, it needs to be given as “a present, ...
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Difference in Torah readings Israel vs. Diaspora and Pesach vs. Succot

This question has a link in one of the comments referring to an article explaining why each day of Pesach has a different Torah reading. During Succot, I notice that the 2nd day of Yom Tov in ...
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Why do we do hosha'nos and hakafos counterclockwise?

I have attended services in a number of different Ashkenazic synagogues on Sukos and Sh'mini Atzeres/Simchas Tora. When going around the bima for hosha'nos on Sukos, and, in most cases, when doing so ...
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Why is Hallel different in Sukkot and Pesach (chol ha-moed)?

During chol ha-moed (intermediate days) of Sukkot we recite a full Hallel but during chol ha-moed of Pesach (and also Rosh Chodesh and some other days) we recite a "half Hallel" (really more like 85% ...
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What do/can/should you do if you daven Succos Hallel slower than the tzibur, and why?

If you daven Hallel on Succos slower than the shaliach tzibur, what do you do when everyone else gets to the parts that involve oral responses and/or shaking the lulav? Is it better to join in with ...
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If the lulav and etrog are biblically mandated, how were people in cold climates able to obtain them before modern times?

The use of the 4 species in the lulav and etrog is biblically mandated. Therefore, when Jews left Israel and moved to cold climates such as northern and eastern Europe, they would have needed to ...
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Is there a connection between various 7 encirclings?

At a wedding the bride encircles the groom 7 times, during Sukkot we circumambulated the alter each day for 7 days, the city of Jericho was encircled for 7 days. Is there an explanation which ties ...
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On the 2nd day of Succot in Diaspora, why don't we read both the 1st & 2nd day Musaph readings?

In Diaspora, on the 1st day of Hol Hamo'ed Succot, which is the 3rd day of Succot, we read the Torah portion pertaining to the Musaph offering given on both the 2nd day as well as the 3rd day of ...
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Why are there diferent sacrifice offerings for each day of Succot but the same for all days of Pesach?

For the Pesach sacrifices listed in Bamidbar 28:16-25, we see that the same sacrifice was offered all 7 days of Passover. When viewing the sacrifices for the 7 days of Succot (I have excluded the 8th ...
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Why are the commandments for the holiday of Succot interrupted by commandments regarding sacrifices in general?

Vayikra 23:33-36 discuss the celebration of Succot. Then, verses 37-38 interrupt the discussion by saying a general statement that these are the holidays when you should offer sacrifices. Then, verses ...
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Birkat haMazon (Grace after Meals) during Sukkot outside the sukkah

Since during Sukkot holiday one can have a meal with bread only in sukkah (i.e., only the sukkah space could be the one that will require you to say birkat hamazon, to be kovea seudah), if one ate in ...
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Contrast Hol Hamo'ed Torah readings for Pesach vs. Hol Hamo'ed Succot

I realize that the sacrifice for each day of Succot was different, whereas on Pesach they were the same for all days of Pesach. Somehow, this affects the Torah reading during Hol Hamo'ed. For ...