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Swaying During Prayer and Torah Study
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It is a well established custom to sway (shukel) during prayer (teffilah) and Torah study.  The following questions will be addressed on this topic: §     Is shukeling only for teffilah or is it also for learning Torah? §     What are the reasons to shukel? §     What are the reasons not to shukel? §     Assuming one is permitted to shukel, […]
946. Rain on Succos
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135:3 Eating in the succah on the first night of Succos is obligatory. One must eat at least a k’zayis (an olive-sized portion – about an ounce) of bread in the succah, even if eating in the succah makes him uncomfortable. (One should optimally eat more than a k’beitza – an egg-sized portion, more like […]
945. What to Do in the Succah
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135:1 The Torah says (Leviticus 23:42), “You shall dwell in booths for seven days.” By “dwell,” the Torah means that we should reside in the succah for seven days the way we do in the house the rest of the year. Therefore, one should optimally make the succah his main residence, moving his best dishes […]
944. Erev Succos
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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 […]
943. Using the Succah Decorations, et al.
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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 […]
942. Acquiring Schach
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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.) […]
941. A Succah with a Retractable Roof
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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 […]
940. Invalid Schach
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134:6 Sometimes a succah is built so that its boards project inside on its walls and the poles on which the schach rests is placed on these. This is okay so long as the board is not more than four cubits (about six feet) because we have a tradition received from Moses at Sinai that […]
939. More about Schach
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134:4 We should be careful not to use anything that is susceptible to ritual impurity to support the schach, such as a ladder that has receptacles for the rungs, and tools like an axe or a rake. It is better not even to place such things on the schach to hold it down but if […]