In the ongoing discussion of the mats and their acceptability as schach, we find some rabbinic interlude, which brings us to: Who’s Who: Rabbi Hiya. Plus, more on the mats themselves. The question of whether they are acceptable continues to revolve around the potential they have to be rendered impure – regardless of the variety of materials that can be used to make a mat. Also, a trans-Babylonia/Israel exchange that conclusively answers the question of the permissibility of the mats. Almost.
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