Hot answers tagged

11 votes

Sukkah: Why not tough it out?

As the Mishnah Berurah there explains, it’s because of תשבו כעין תדורו - one lives in the sukkah as he would in his house. You would leave your house if it was causing you significant discomfort, so ...
Joel K's user avatar
  • 42.7k
10 votes
Accepted

Vilna Gaon's gematria for the number of kosher & non-kosher sukkot in Masechet Sukkah

It's apparently an oral tradition relating to one of the students of the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov. The more complete story is recounted here in Hebrew. It begins like this: הגאון רבי ...
Yaacov Deane's user avatar
  • 14.6k
9 votes

Can the entire succah be constructed by a Gentile?

The Bavli (Sukkah 8b) explicitly permits a gentile's hut if it was made for shade, and that is the accepted Halakha (OC 635). This is consistent with Beit Hillel's opinion (ibid. 9a) that a Sukkah ...
Double AA's user avatar
  • 98.7k
8 votes

Sukkah: Why not tough it out?

I would like to potentially challenge the premise of the question. You assume that the threshold of "someone who is in pain" only applies to the mitzvah of succah. However, R. Joseph Messas has a ...
Alex's user avatar
  • 49.2k
8 votes

Halachic approaches to marital relations in a Succah

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 135:2 writes that it is permissible. אבל תשמיש המיטה מותר בסוכה, שהרי עיקר מצוותה איש ואשתו.‏ (...) But marital relations are permitted in the sukkah, for the underlying ...
sam's user avatar
  • 41.5k
8 votes

Who said the "sukkot" were really "clouds of glory"?

This is simply understood as a dispute in girsaos. In terms of historically who said what, how could we know? In terms of halacha, the Aruch LaNer ad. loc., and in his Bikkurei Yaakov 625:2, says that ...
robev's user avatar
  • 19.9k
7 votes
Accepted

Can one drink a beer outside the Sukkah?

"And it is permitted to drink water and wine and eat fruit [even if he established himself on them- REMA's own opinion] outside of the Sukkah. And he who is stringent upon himself, and will not drink ...
David Kenner's user avatar
  • 10.7k
6 votes

How do I build a cheap metal pole sukkah?

I doubt that it's possible to recreate a kit-like metal sukka frame without spending hundreds of dollars, at least not without creative sourcing of the materials (e.g. finding them in a junk yard, or ...
Isaac Moses's user avatar
  • 48k
6 votes

Does a succah need to be built from the bottom up?

The Rama (OC 635) rules that at least 1 Tefach (height) of the walls must precede the Sekhakh. Otherwise it would invalid because of "Taaseh veLo Min heAsui" (having the item come into being, not ...
Double AA's user avatar
  • 98.7k
6 votes

What is Rebbi Yehuda's source for allowing a succah to be above 20 amos?

I think you are misunderstanding the line of דאורייתא תני פסולה מבוי דרבנן תני תקנתא. Here is the passage in context: Succah 2a תנן התם מבוי שהוא גבוה מעשרים אמה ימעט רבי יהודה אומר אינו צריך מאי ...
Alex's user avatar
  • 49.2k
6 votes
Accepted

Must the top of a sukkah be level?

This is addressed in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 631,10: סוכה שאין לה גג כגון שהיו ראשי הדפנות דבוקות זו בזו כמין צריף או שסמך ראש הדופן של סוכה לכותל פסולה ואם היה לה גג אפילו טפח או שהגביה הדופן ...
user15464's user avatar
  • 11.4k
6 votes

Building a Succah one suffers from in the first place?

This issue is addressed by R. Yechiel Michel Epstein. He begins by saying that the exemption of mitztaer (one who is suffering discomfort) only applies to a discomfort that happens to occur after the ...
Alex's user avatar
  • 49.2k
6 votes
Accepted

A place with illustrations of Gemara Sukkah?

Check out the Peirush Chai on Masechta Succah here - it is a really helpful sefer to best illustrate the cases that come throughout the masechta.
Dov's user avatar
  • 31.8k
5 votes

Can a sukka be partially under a roof?

Only the part under the sky (not under the roof) is valid. If the part outside the roof has three walls and valid schach, it is treated as if that is the succah and the part under the roof does not ...
sabbahillel's user avatar
  • 43.1k
5 votes

Kiddush written on the sukkah

See Mishnah Brurah s.k. 4 that only uses that nullify its kedushah are prohibited. (In addition, I think that the rule of mitzvos lav lehanos nitnu - pleasure of a mitzvah is not considered pleasure -...
Jay's user avatar
  • 6,497
5 votes
Accepted

Putting a mezuzah on a sukkah

This is a Machloket in the Talmud (Yoma 10) and the Halakha (ShA YD 286:11) follows the Chakhamim there that a Sukkah is exempt as it is a temporary dwelling. The Arukh haShulchan (YD 286:27) writes ...
Double AA's user avatar
  • 98.7k
5 votes
Accepted

Putting up scach before walls of sukkah

The Dirshu Mishna Berura quotes R' Elyashiv ZT"L that even if the tefach is on the ground the Succah is kosher. (mishna Berura 635 s"k 11 #8)
Yonah's user avatar
  • 66
5 votes

How long does the bracha "lashev b'sukka" last?

The rules are just like the rules for Tefillin and Tzitzit (Sukkah 46a). The blessing lasts until you leave the Sukkah (or remove your Tefillin, etc.) without intending to immediately return. If you ...
Double AA's user avatar
  • 98.7k
5 votes

Does Torah mention actual living in Sukkot?

No, the Torah does not mention explicitly that the Jews built actual Succot. (If it had, there wouldn’t be an argument as to whether the Jews had real Sukkot or Sukkot made from the Ananei Hakavod). ...
Lo ani's user avatar
  • 4,368
5 votes

Reasons for scattering Talmudic subjects over different Masechtot

The Midrash (Kohellet Rabbah Parshah 1) states the following: לטובתו אדם למד תורה ושוכח שאילו היה אדם למד תורה ולא שכחה היה מתעסק בתורה שתים שלש שנים וחוזר ומתעסק במלאכתו ולא היה משגיח בה לעולם כל ...
Alex's user avatar
  • 49.2k
5 votes

Can one tie their sukkah wall to keep it from collapsing in heavy wind?

Rambam Hilchot Shofar and Sucah 4.5: הָעוֹשֶׂה סֻכָּתוֹ בֵּין הָאִילָנוֹת וְהָאִילָנוֹת דְּפָנוֹת לָהּ. אִם הָיוּ חֲזָקִים אוֹ שֶׁקָּשַׁר אוֹתָם וְחִזֵּק אוֹתָם עַד שֶׁלֹּא תִּהְיֶה הָרוּחַ ...
Al Berko's user avatar
  • 25.9k
5 votes

Does schach have to lie completely flat on top of the succah?

The Mishnah and Gemarah (Succah 19b) discuss a case of a succah that doesn't have a flat roof: מתני׳ העושה סוכתו כמין צריף או שסמכה לכותל ר' אליעזר פוסל מפני שאין לה גג וחכמים מכשירין MISHNA: ...
Jay's user avatar
  • 6,497
5 votes

Would a hole in the ground with schach over the hole constitute a kosher sukkah?

Shulchan aruch Orach chaim 633, 10 talks about digging a hole in the ground to compensate 10 tefachim e.g if the Sechach is 1 tefach high one compensates with 9 tefachim deep. As long as the 1 tefach ...
user15464's user avatar
  • 11.4k
5 votes

Why is the minimum size of a sukkah too small to sleep in?

The Gemara relates that such a Succah i.e. a 7x7 tefachim Succah can still hold ראשו ורובו ושלחנו - his head, the majority of his body and his table - Refer also to the Mishnah Berurah 634:1. Such ...
Dov's user avatar
  • 31.8k
5 votes
Accepted

לישב בסוכה the second night if you've been in the sukkah continuously

Kovetz halachos (Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky) says like you that 2nd day night you make a new bracha because by sfaika diyoma we look at it as if yesterday wasn't yom tov. Ive seen the ashrei ish that ...
Shlomy's user avatar
  • 2,730
5 votes
Accepted

Do Aravot grow berries?

Aravot are generally considered to be Salix Alba, White Willow. They reproduce via what look like small berries at the leave nodes called catkins. If the willow is healthy and thriving, they look ...
Yaacov Deane's user avatar
  • 14.6k
4 votes
Accepted

How far can a sukkah's walls be from schach?

See this extract from Mishna 1, 10 in Succa with the Bartenura and Yiqar Tosfot Yom Tov.: פרק א - משנה י סֻכָּה גְדוֹלָה, שֶׁהִקִּיפוּהָ בְדָבָר שֶׁאֵין מְסַכְּכִים בּוֹ, אִם יֵשׁ תַּחְתָּיו אַרְבַּע ...
kouty's user avatar
  • 22.7k
4 votes

How do I build a cheap metal pole sukkah?

Here's the sukkah I used to use until I got a dedicated sukkah deck. Frame: The frame is made of 3/4" EMT conduit. Get it at Home Depot for $4.20 per piece. This is the same stuff the sukkah project ...
Popular Isn't Right's user avatar
4 votes

Are people taking care of their toddlers Patur from Sukkah?

There are two comparisons they need to be examined: 1. between bitul asse deorayta and shvut deshabbat (davka shvut de amira lenochri), 2. between cooking meal and taking care of an ill person. In ...
kouty's user avatar
  • 22.7k
4 votes
Accepted

Why is a suka forbidden for other uses all the eighth day, but an esrog is permitted after use?

This is a list of things which are Ossur behanaa (forbidden for benefit) for ever. in Talmud-Gemara Avoda zara 74a: מתני' אלו אסורין ואוסרין בכל שהו יין נסך ועבודת כוכבים ועורות לבובין ושור הנסקל ...
user15464's user avatar
  • 11.4k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible