Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Requirements for Kosher Scach

Requirements for Kosher Scach
Day: Wednesday
Date: September 2, 2015
Parshat: Ki Tavo
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 629

In order for something to considered Kosher for use as scach on the Succah it needs to meet three conditions.
1. It has to have grown from the ground.
2. It needs to currently be detached from the ground.
3. It cannot be able to become tameh.
Therefore, one cannot use for the scach anyting made out of metal, leather, or even plastic since these have not grown from the ground. Vines and branches cannot be used unless they have been cut from their source. Fruits, utensils and furniture, even if made from wood, cannot be used either since they are able to become tameh. Plants who's leaves are used whole as spices are considered to be food and cannot be used either. What can be used is any branches or sticks of wood or leaves that are no longer attached to their source. Plants grown in a planter are considered to have been grown from the ground in this case and can be used as scach while still attached.

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