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Sukkah 11: God’s Rain Cloud

Climbing plants on a sukkah – ivy? Grapes? Etc. When they are attached to the ground, they can’t really be part of the schach, unless they were overwhelmed in quantity by schach that was not attached to the ground. Also, tzitzit! In parallel to sukkah. In this case, can a string that is tied to two corners be acceptable for tzitzit? Plus, the 4 species make an appearance here. Do they need to be bound together? What if the myrtle branch has berries? And finally, what is the source for the requirement that schach comes from that which cannot be rendered impure? With the accompanying verses – how the cloud provides God’s protection on this earth, and the water in that cloud is not rendered impure. It’s from the very beginning of creation!

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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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