Friday, September 4, 2015

The Width of the Scach

The Width of the Scach
Day: Friday
Date: September 4, 2015
Parshat: Ki Tavo
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 629

It is forbidden to use as scach on the Succah boards that are four or more tefachim, or about one foot, wide. Our Hachamim forbade this so a person won't mistakenly think that there is no difference between a regular roof and the roof of a Succah. Having a mistaken belief such as this will eventually lead a person to not fulfill the mitzvah of Succah altogether. However, the custom today has developed to use as scach branches or bamboo poles that are even thinner than one tefach. When covering the Succah with thin poles it is best to have some of the poles run perpendicular to the others. This way none of the gaps between the poles will run all the way from one end of the Succah to the other. However, if one did not do so, the Succah is still kosher as long as the gaps are less than one tefach, or three inches, wide.

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