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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 […]
938. The Walls and the Schach
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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 […]
936. Starting on the Succah
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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 […]