A Word About Sukkos

9 Tishrei 5773

Sukkos is rapidly approaching  so permit me a word ahead of the marvelous yomtov.

Many residents of Israel will use the weeklong yomtov to enjoy time with family, visiting the holy city and of course, eating out. I did not forget the visitors from abroad, who will begin the pre-yomtov Oleh L’Regel airlift on motzei Yom Kippur. We look forward to seeing you too.

Remember, in addition to being an alert vigilant kosher consumer there is another issue to concern yourself with on Sukkos. Not all hechsherim assume responsibility for the sukka of a restaurant or store. That means while the food may be kosher to your specification, the sukka may be a different story.

If you recall, two years ago I compiled a list and we learned that not every Rabbinate concerns itself with an establishment’s Sukka. Ditto for some of the badatz hashgachas. Therefore, you must brush up on the basic laws of a Sukka in the hope of having an idea if the sukka is fine or not. Better yet, plan ahead and called the hashgacha or mashgiach and ask. That is your safest bet.

I have seen some sukkas that were obviously not kosher simply by the fact the walls were inadequate, or the schach was lacking, or the sukka was positioned under a tree or building overhang. These are some simple examples.

If you’re asking “what could be wrong with a sukka” then it’s time to find a shiur and beginning learning the laws involved. Too much for this forum.

I would like to wish you all a Gmar Chasima Tov.

 

8 Comments

  • Aharon wacks
    September 25, 2012 - 09:42 | Permalink

    It is important to add that those catering an event on succos need to go and check the succah beforehand both for kashrus and (preferably) to ensure it was built by a Jewish person. I have personal experience of a big crowd turning up to a bris at a chareidi hall on yomtov to find a posul succah!

  • y
    September 25, 2012 - 16:15 | Permalink

    no need for Jew to build it!!! stll kosher not the best bu still kosher plus you cxan pick up the schach and its fine

  • y
    September 25, 2012 - 16:16 | Permalink

    Tasseh vlo min hasseh is a big problem though

  • Yair Spolter
    September 27, 2012 - 13:52 | Permalink

    Thanks Yechiel for another important reminder.
    As the previous commenter pointed out, if the hashgacha on the establishment does not cover the kashrus of the sukkah, then it is actually impossible to know whether or not the sukkah is kosher, since if the schach was laid out before there were kosher walls erected then the sukkah is not kosher. This is something that you cannot know by looking at the sukkah. You simply have to trust the establishment that the sukkah was erected by people who know and were mindful of the halachah. In case this seems like a far-fetched fear, I offer a very common example: many of the sukkot are relying on the halachic principle of ‘lavud’ for kosher walls. The halachic walls consist of tightly-pulled bands placed around the poles that make up the frame. These bands have to be: 1.tight, 2.spaced properly. If at any point one of these bands falls off, gets moved, or becomes too loose, the sukkah becomes pasul. Simply fixing the band(s) afterwards will give the impression of a kosher sukkah, when in reality it is not until you lift the schach and lay it down again.

  • y
    September 28, 2012 - 23:57 | Permalink

    I hate to say it but shuls have the same problem Achmed puts up the whole Sukkah and no Jew is there and even at home when you have Multiple people making the sukkah if one person puts on the Schach and the other onl later puts the Canvas or if it is windy( I am IN America) and the plastic comes off the Schach is tied down comes the Worker in he morning reties the wall and presto a Posul Sukkah for all Only the Owner or Mashgiach have to be Vigilant about it Who is Yechiel By the Way?

  • moshe
    September 29, 2012 - 20:27 | Permalink

    Yeshar koah Yechiel
    There seems to be a very solution of this problem-ask the mashgiah of the resturant

  • Hillel Levin
    September 30, 2012 - 13:07 | Permalink

    The schach at Rimon Meat and Milk was put up on Thursday and there were no walls other then the side of the building.

  • Hillel Levin
    September 30, 2012 - 13:09 | Permalink

    Rimon on Lutz off of the Ben Yehuda Midrachov in Jerusalem.

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