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Which etrog is closest to the gemara's description of "the taste of the tree trunk and its fruit are alike"?

I had an opportunity for the first time today to see the inside of four common etrogim. I found it fascinating ... and surprising. Here's a Moroccan etrog Here's a Hazon Ish etrog (for more details, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why do we say Ushpizin in Aramaic?

In my book Lashon HaKodesh: History, Holiness, & Hebrew (Mosaica Press, 2015), on page 232 I wrote: This idea comes up again in another, closely related, discussion. According to Kabbalah, on ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Eretz Yisrael Esrog (Ordang)

So it writes here the following about a Rov called Rabbi Eliezer Aliner, Libava, Latvia, (1904-1980): Rabbi Eliezer Aliner was born in the city Leipaja/Libava on the coast of the Baltic Sea. This ...
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Seventy Aravos on Succos

The reason for taking seventy aravot on Succot was to signify the additional seventy bulls which were sacrificed on the holiday (cf. Sukka 52b); such was the custom of the Sura Academy as attested to ...
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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 ...
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What is the origin and/or earliest use of the Ushpizin prayer (invitation of the 'exalted guests') during Sukkot?

Jewish Chronicle states Apparently, the earliest source for the custom of welcoming the Ushpizin on Succot is in the Zohar, the classic of Kabbalah. The Zohar makes clear that a central reason ...
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Why do we wave the Lulav / etrog?

Waving the lulav represents our victorious emergence from the judgment of Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur. The following Midrash appears in Midrash Tanchuma on Parshat Emor # 18: ולקחתם לכם ביום הראשון ...
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Why is Yom Tov Seven Days? Shavuot One?

Rambam discusses the different day lengths of the three holidays in Guide for the Perplexed 3:43. Quotes are from the Friedlander translation: Sukkot The Feast of Tabernacles, which is a feast of ...
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Why not start BaHaB on Iyar / Marcheshvan 3?

The לוח דבר בעיתו explains (regarding Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5769) that the reason we don't announce בה"ב on Rosh Chodesh is that: אין מברכים את המתענים בה"ב בחדש ניסן או בשבת ר"ח, השבת הקרובה, כמו ...
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What are the considerations regarding voting in elections during Sukkot?

There’s two main parts to Sukkos: the “Yom Tov,” on which most acts which are forbidden on the Sabbath are also forbidden (the main exception being many things that are involved in food preparation), ...
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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 ...
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Dipping Chalah in honey the first night of Succos?

Rav Eliyahu Baruch on Sukkos brings gedolim that didn't dip their bread into honey on the first night of Sukkos, the reason being that the honey would nullify the taste of bread (like your gemara). ...
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Four Minim in Kaballah

As per the Arizal in the Pri Eitz Chaim at the beginning of Shaar Lulav v'Daled Minim and Shaar Hakavanos Inyan Sukkos Drush 5, the hadasim are the yud, the aravos are the first hei, the lulav is the ...
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What species of esrog do people use?

I know of 4 types or varieties commonly used. The Chazon Ish esrogs (Halpern, Lefkowitz) and similarly the Braverman esrogs (associated with Mahril Diskin) decend from the esrogim that used to grow ...
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Source for Simchas Beis HaShoeivah nowadays

According to R. Yehudah Zoldan, the earliest mention of a "Simchas Beis HaShoeivah" modeling after the event in the Beis HaMikdash is by Rav Chaim Abulafia in 1726, where he writes [3]: תיקנתי להם ...
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Sukkos and Chanukah Connection

According to Macabees 2 chapter 1 verse 21 it looks like that year they did not celebrate Sukkot on time until Kislev כא) ועתה כי יש את נפשנו לחוג את יום חנוכת המזבח בעשרים וחמש לחודש כסלו. לא ...
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Sukkah underneath electric wires

Per the second from the right, second from the top cartoon on this "Hilchot Sukka 2" poster, a similar case involving clotheslines is fine, even if there are multiple lines running near each other (...
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Should you not rejoice with your spouse also?

Your observation - of the missing wife in the verse - is the basis for the halacha that one may not get married during Chag. See the Torah Temima and the Rabeinu Bachyeh on the verse that mention this....
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A different Lulav set?

The OK website here talks about when Lulavim are hard to source. It writes: When No Kosher Lulav Is Available There were many times in our history that it was impossible to purchase a kosher lulav. ...
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'good kvitel' and 'gmar tov'

According to Kabbalistic teachings, the final verdicts are given on Hoshana Rabba. Therefore, it is customary to still wish one another "a gutten kvittel" (Yiddish for "פתק טוב/פתקא טבא") until then. ...
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format in the Torah of the sukkot korbanot at the end of pinchas

I think this is just an "anomaly" in your Tikkun! The only requirement is that all these parshiot are stumot, meaning that there must be a minimum of (I think) 9 letter yod's from the end of one ...
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Onah and Sukkos?

See Mishna Berura siman 639 se'if katan 18, where he says it's apparent from many Achronim that sleeping in the sukkah does not override mitzvas onah (for one who doesn't have the ability to sleep ...
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May one sleep inside if one believes it will rain during sukkoth?

The Ritva' (Sukah 29a, s.v. ת"ר היה אוכל) says if one senses rain and a developing overcast ("shamayim miskadrim b'avim") you're patur from Sukah, under the same exemption as when it is actually ...
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Conceptual reason women are exempt from Sukkah

Good question! This is where I got the below answers and sources. I just took the main parts needed and organized it a bit. It goes in depth into the concept of Af Hen so there is more info there as ...
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is it ok to use the walls of the sukka as a hanger

Rav Eliyashiv held that it is permissible since its k'ein taduru (like what people do in their own home). So it isn't a disgrace to the sukkah. From Vayishma Moshe chelek 5.
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How does Rambam explain why we don't ask for rain until the end of sukkos

A possible answer is as follows: (Largely based on R. Yaakov Ettlinger in Bikkurei Yaakov 639:39 with a bit of my own twist.) It seems that the question is predicated on the fact that the Mishnah in ...
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