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Sukkah 27: The Hotel California of Sukkahs

How many meals must be eaten in the sukkah? The mishnah says: 14, day and night, each day. But that’s disputed – between a meal a day and no set amount…. Which leads to a deeper dive into R. Eliezer’s approach. Including not moving from one sukkah to another. What if you missed a meal? Can you make it up on Shemini Atzeret? Plus, a story about King Agrippas’s steward, and how he only eats one meal per day. The claim is that one should push oneself to honor Hashem with the 14 meals. Plus, a man with 2 wives, and therefore 2 sukkot. Which seems to counter R. Eliezer’s opinion, effectively… And yet he seems quite determined. But practically, what if you’ve hit that quota of required meals – do the extra need to be in the sukkah? The Gemara is not clear, though it seems obvious to us. Also, can you build a sukkah on chol hamoed? In a new place? In the same place, if the wind knocked it down? Which leads to analysis of R. Eliezer’s approach vs. Rabbanan, and how they all use the biblical text to support, or as impetus, for the different views. Plus, how does the requirement for sukkah compare to that of lulav?

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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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