134:14 One may not carve the verse “in succos you shall dwell…” (Leviticus 23:42) or any other Biblical verse on a pumpkin or a similar item to decorate the succah because it will later come to be treated disgracefully. Also, it is prohibited to write Torah verses unnecessarily. 134:15 One may not eat bread after […]Read more
HaShoneh Halachos emails include two halachos per day, seven days a week (emails for Shabbos and Yom Tov are sent in advance). Material is based upon the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, with occasional elucidation from the Mishnah Brurah abd other sources. The text is not a direct translation but a paraphrase into easy-to-read, conversational English.
134:12 We are forbidden to benefit from the wood of the succah – both of the walls and of the schach - until after Simchas Torah, because they were designated for fulfilling the mitzvah. (This refers to types of benefit that nullify its use and not to such benefits as leaning on it – Mishnah […]Read more
134:10 A person should be careful not to cut the material for the schach himself; he should buy it. In an emergency, he may cut it himself after asking permission from the owner of the land. (If the public has permission to cut wood in the forest, there is no problem – Mishnah Brurah 637:11.) […]Read more
134:8 If a succah is built with a roof that opens, it should be opened before placing the schach, then closed and re-opened. This does not affect the validity of the schach as it’s no different from spreading a covering over the succah and then removing it. One must make sure that the roof is […]Read more
134:2 There are many detailed laws regarding the walls of the succah. Since not everyone is knowledgeable in the matter, it is necessary to make the walls complete and strong enough that the wind does not move them (even if there is no danger of the walls falling – Mishnah Brurah 630:48), nor should the […]Read more
133:29 We eat, drink and rejoice after Yom Kippur as per Koheles (Ecclesiastes) 9:7, “Go eat your bread in joy and drink your wine in good spirits because G-d has already started your redemption.” 133:30 A person who is scrupulous in his mitzvah observance starts building his succah immediately after Yom Kippur ends in order […]Read more
133:27 After the stars come out, we recite maariv. (We have to wait a small interval in order to add from the holy day to the secular day. During this interval, we may not eat, wash or anoint. After davening maariv, one may wash, anoint, etc. even if he has not yet heard havdalah recited […]Read more