Thursday, October 13, 2016

Succahs Made From Metal Poles and Tarps

Succahs Made From Metal Poles and Tarps
Day: Thursday
Date: October 13, 2016
Parshat: Ha'azinu
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 629-630

Ideally the scach should not rest directly on anything that cannot itself be used as scach. 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 should not put the schach directly on the frame since metal cannot be used as schach. Instead he should put a piece of wood on the frame and put the scach on the wood. A person 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 kosher it needs to have 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 a normal wind invalidates the Succah and eating inside of such a Succah is the same as not eating in a Succah at all. For that reason, one may not say a beracha on such a Succah. Therefore, Succahs with cloth or tarps for walls should not be used unless they are secured extremely well and the Succah is in a place where it will not be affected by the wind.

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