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 “WALLED IN”
How do I know if my Sukkah is a properly partitioned structure? This Episode features a discovery of The Halachik Theory that stand behind the seemingly “Hollow Walls” that serve to satisfy the minimum legal needs to create the Mitzvah entity called a Sukkah!
We place great emphasis on Tracing Sources, e.g., identifying the scriptural origins of the rules and strictures that govern the particulars of any given Mitzvah observance. When no verse is found, we understand the source must be an “Oral Sinai Tradition.”
This initiates a fascinating journey, from the dimensions of the Legendary Ark of the Covenant to the to the sweep of the Cherubic wingspan and its relative heights.
Then, we’ll be introduced to jurisprudence behind the theoretical, yet legally binding Extensions, Attachments and Curved Walls that can complete our Holiday Huts.
Finally, we move on to new business: the minimum number of partitions required for a Makeshift Shelter to be granted Legal Status. Here too, there’s a debate on minimalist requirements. A quest for the possible reasons behind the different views will follow.