Tagged with Sukkoth

The Importance of Sleeping in the Sukka

The Importance of Sleeping in the Sukka

The Mishna seemingly assumes that all sleeping must be done in the sukka; the distinction between qeva and arai that exists concerning eating in the sukka is not mentioned, although it is mentioned in the baraithoth, the outtakes of the Mishna, and the conclusion of the Gemara is that indeed, although we can make such … Continue reading

Q&A: Extra Hadasim

Question: Last year, I heard you arguing with someone about whether a lulav could have more than three hadasim in it. What was the argument about? Which side were you taking? Answer: The exact argument was that someone had claimed that it is forbidden to compose a lulav bundle with more than three myrtle (haddas) … Continue reading

The Sukkoth Really Were Clouds of Glory

The Sukkoth Really Were Clouds of Glory

(A translation and elaboration of this. ) Mishna, BT Sukka 11a: This is the general rule: whatever is susceptible to impurity or whatever does not grow from the ground, may not be used for the s’chach, but whatever is not susceptible to impurity but grows from the ground may be used for the s’chach. The … Continue reading

סוכות ממש היו ענני הכבוד

סוכות ממש היו ענני הכבוד

משנה סוכה יא. זה הכלל כל שהוא מקבל טומאה ואין גידולו מן הארץ אין מסככין בו וכל דבר שאינו מקבל טומאה וגידולו מן הארץ מסככין בו: גמרא יא: מה”מ אמר ריש לקיש אמר קרא (בראשית ב) ״ואד יעלה מן הארץ וכו׳״ מה אד דבר שאינו מקבל טומאה וגידולו מן הארץ אף סוכה דבר שאין מקבל … Continue reading

S’chach and the Clouds of Glory

The Torah declares (Leviticus 23:42-43): Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are home-born in Israel shall dwell in booths;  that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. However, … Continue reading

What’s the Right Way to Rebuild a Fallen Sukka?

What’s the Right Way to Rebuild a Fallen Sukka?

.הרחמן הוא יקים לנו את סוכת דוד הנופלת Here in Kochav Yaakov, the erratic weather that arrived with the holiday wrought havoc on quite a few neighbors’ sukkas. The first morning I heard no fewer than five stories about sukkas in various stages of destruction. Some lost their s’chach, while some collapsed, and someone was … Continue reading