Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Concept of Ta'aseh Velo Min Ha'asui

The Concept of Ta'aseh Velo Min Ha'asui
Day: Thursday
Date: September 3, 2015
Parshat: Ki Tavo
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 629

There is a concept in Halacha called "Ta'aseh Velo Min Ha'asui." This means the item in question needs to be physically made and can't already be made. For example, the scach put onto the Succah needs to be kosher for use as scach. It cannot be be put on and then made kosher after the fact. To explain: as previously mentioned, one of the conditions for scach to be acceptable for the Succah is that it needs to have grown from the ground but yet it cannot still be attached to the ground. Therefore, if one put as scach on the Succah branches that are still attached to the tree and then cut them from the tree, they are still not considered to be kosher scach. This is because at the time they were put on the Succah they were invalid as scach and only afterword an adjustment was made to make them usable. In other words, using such branches would be violating the condition of "Ta'aseh Velo Min Ha'asui."

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