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Sukkah 21: Sukkah Beds (Or Is That Bed Sukkahs?)

Sleeping under a bed – is doing so an obstruction to fulfilling one’s obligation of sleeping in a sukkah? Does it get in the way of the schach above? Part of this halakhic discussion includes the story of Tavi, the servant of Rabban Gamliel, who was not Jewish. His sleeping under the bed is used to “prove” that the bed is an impediment. Also, leaning the sukkah on a bed – does it need to stand on its own, or is this a kosher sukkah? It seems to depend on two factors: stability and the possibility of becoming impure.

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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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