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Sukkah 23: Would You Really Use an Elephant as a Sukkah Wall?

A general principle on when one can enter a sukkah (with an unusual base) on yom tov – it needs to be able to stand on its own, regardless of the tree that it is in, etc. Plus, this mishnah is attributed to R. Akiva, in contrast to the opinion of Rabban Gamliel. Both of which depend on how much wind a sukkah is expected to withstand. Also, building a sukkah with an animal, both on an animal and using an animal as part of the walls of the sukkah (a contrast between the Torah requirements for a sukkah, and the rabbinic ones).

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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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