Tuesday, October 3, 2017

One Who Used Invalid Scach and Decorations That Hang

Volume XX | Month Day 20XX
One Who Used Invalid Scach and Decorations That Hang
Day: Tuesday
Date: October 3, 2017
Parshat: Vizot Haberacha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 629

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If one used as scach on the Succah something that is not valid for use as scach, such as glass or plastic, the Succah is not kosher if the piece is four or more tefachim (approximately twelve inches) wide. If it is less than four but more than three tefachim wide (approximately nine inches) the Succah is kosher but one should not eat or sleep under that area. If the invalid scach is less than three tefachim wide it is even permissible to eat and sleep under it. If the invalid scach is at the side, against a wall, it does not invalidate the Succah unless the area it covers is wider than four amot (approximately 6 feet). A gap in scach wider than three tefachim will also invalidate the Succah if it runs all the way from one side of the Succah to the other. If it doesn't run all the way down it poses no problems at all.

It is a mitzvah to decorate the Succah and make it look nice. Therefore one should hang nice drapes, posters, and fruits. The more a person decorates the Succah the more praiseworthy. Decorations that were made to be used for non Jewish holidays such as xmas or others may be used for the sukkah. The hanging decorations must be entirely within four tefachim of the scach. There are just over three inches in a tefach which means the decorations must hang within approximately 12 and a half inches of the scach. The paper chains that are commonly used in many sukkot as decorations, ideally should also be within the same space but if not the Succah is still kosher and one may still eat and sleep under that spot.

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