9 Tishrei 5773
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.