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September 20, 2021 | י״ד בתשרי תשפ״ב | TODAY'S DAF: Beitzah 21 - First Day of Sukkot, September 21

Sukkah 4: From the Earth to the Heavens

More on the very tall 20+ amot high – what if you build a platform within it, raising the ground, as it were, so that it’s less than 20 amot high on the inside? In what ways does this work to make the sukkah kosher? (via a few different cases, including some with a curved wall, no less). Also, what about a very small sukkah? Then you want more sunshine than shade, to make sure the shade isn’t from overhang schach. Plus, other cases of size adjustment – specifically, digging down, so a less-than-10 tefachim high sukkah would end up at least 10 tefachim. Plus: R. Yaakov’s radical sukkah. Also, the Gemara’s emendation of R. Yonatan for R. Yochanan (in Seder Moed). And finally, where is the 10-tefachim measurement from, as a minimum?

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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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