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Sukkah 22: On a Boat, in a Tree, on a Camel, Oh, What Can Be?

A new mishnah! A sukkah that is “meduvlelet” and with more shade than sun, is kosher. That is, a sukkah with sparse schach. Alternatively, a disordered sukkah. The dispute here is between Rav and Shmuel, and the question is how many factors are contributing to this sukkah. Also, when can layers of schach combine to be one roof, and when would they be considered one on top of another? Also, the Gemara picks up on the shade being greater… And addresses what happens if shade and sunlight are equal – an equation that already came up and the Gemara resolves the issue here by focusing on where the light is coming from. Plus, another mishnah – if you build a sukkah on a wagon, on a boat, on a treetop, on a camel…. all kosher.

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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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