Monday, September 7, 2015

The Required Thickness of the Scach

The Required Thickness of the Scach
Day: Monday
Date: September 7, 2015
Parshat: Netzavim
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 631

The layer of scach on the Succah needs to be thick enough that there is more shade than light. If the Succah has more sunlight than shade it is not kosher and no beracha may be made on it. Ideally the scach should still be thin enough that one can still see stars when looking up. However, even if the scach is so thick that the sun's rays don't penetrate through it is still kosher. There are some poskim who hold that if the scach is so thick that rain doesn't get through it is not kosher. Even though our custom is to allow such thick scach, it is still better to use a thinner layer of scach in deference to those opinions that don't allow it.

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