Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Criteria for Scach to be Kosher

The Criteria for Scach to be Kosher
Day: Tuesday
Date: October 11, 2016
Parshat: Ha'azinu
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 anything 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. It is unclear whether plants grown in a planter are considered to have grown from the ground in this case and therefore such branches should not be used as scach while still attached. Once they have been detached however, they may be used.

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