Monday, October 6, 2014

The Minimum Amount of Walls Needed for the Succah

The Minimum Amount of Walls Needed for the Succah
Day: Monday
Date: October 6, 2014
Parshat: Vezot Haberacha
Yalkut Yosef: 629-630

Ideally the schach should not rest on anything that can not itself be used for schach. However if one built his Succah in that way and only realized after it's too late to fix it, the Succah may still be used. Therefore a person who has a Succah with a metal frame may not put the schach directly on the frame since metal cannot be used as schach. Instead he should put a board on the frame and the scach on the board. One who is nervous that the schach might blow away may tie it down using vines or reeds. A Succah that was made under telephone wires or clotheslines may be used.

In order for a Succah to be usable it needs to have at least two complete walls and at least a partial third wall. The walls can be made out of anything rigid enough to withstand a normal wind without moving. A wall that will move in the event of a wind invalidates the Succah and eating inside of such a Succah is akin to outside of a Succah. Likewise, one may not say a beracha on such a Succah. Therefore, one should not use a Succah with cloth walls or tarps as walls unless they are secured extremely well and the Succah is in a place where there will be not wind, like a yard.

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