This in-depth Gemara study of Masechet Sukkah focuses on the biblical festival of Sukkot, and specifically on its defining Mitzvah, Dwelling in Sukkah — residing in the iconic Holiday Hut during this seasonal Chag.
The Torah command to dwell or reside in a Sukkah raises an obvious and fundamental question: What precisely is a Sukkah? Here, we delve into the nuanced discussions of our Sages that develop, define, and elucidate detailed, highly technical, and sometimes theoretical Halachik (Jewish Ritual Law) parameters that govern the term Sukkah.
Tractate Sukkah, Chapter One, Page 6, b “SUKKAH SOURCE CODE”
In the previous Episode we learnt about the Halachik Theory behind seemingly “Hollow Walls” that can satisfy the legal requirements to create a Mitzvah entity called Sukkah!
The actual minimum number of partitions required for a Makeshift Shelter to be granted Legal Status remained a debate.
In this Episode, as the quest for the possible reasons behind the different views ensues, we move to trace the Scripture Sources for the rules governing the Sukkah itself.
In deciphering those very sources, we will be introduced to the differing methodologies of expounding the Torah’s statements in general. Is it the written tradition, or the vocalization that is most authoritative?
The answer this question will invariably have great bearing on the way we define the Sukkah partition requirements as well.
Ultimately the disparate Rivers of Rational all flow into the same Sea of Talmudic conclusion. The debate is only about how we navigate our way there!