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Sukah 27

SUKAH 26 & 27 (Iyar 11 & 12) have been dedicated by an anonymous talmid chacham to the memory of his mother, Sarah Dvosya bas Rav Mordechai of Milwaukee (Yahrzeit: 11 Iyar)


(a) How many meals is one obligated to eat in the Sukah, according to Rebbi Eliezer?

(b) What do the Chachamim say?

(c) What does Rebbi Eliezer then say about the night of Shemini Atzeres?

(d) And what do the Chachamim hold?

(a) What is Rebbi Eliezer's source for obligating two meals a day in the Sukah?

(b) How do the Rabbanan explain "Teishvu" - 'ke'Ein Taduru'?

(c) What do the Rabbanan learn from the 'Gezeirah-Shavah' of "Chamishah- Asar" "Chamishah-Asar" from Chag ha'Matzos?

(d) From where do we learn the obligation to eat Matzos on the first night of Pesach?

(a) Rebbi Eliezer then goes on to permit someone who did not eat on the first night of Sukos, to make up for it by eating something extra on the night of Shemini Atzeres? How does this conform with what he just said about the obligation of eating fourteen meals *in the Sukah*? (See Tosfos DH 'Chazar Bo'.)

(b) How can one make up for not eating a meal on the first night of Yom-Tov by eating on Shemini Atzeres, seeing as Shemini Atzeres has an obligation of its own?

(c) What are 'Minei Targima'?

(a) What did King Agripa's custodian ask Rebbi Eliezer? What was his problem?

(b) What was Rebbi Eliezer's response?

(c) He also asked him about two Sukos and two wives.
What was his problem there?

(d) What was Rebbi Eliezer's response?

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(a) Is it permitted to eat in one Sukah and sleep in another, according to Rebbi Eliezer?

(b) According to him, what should a person do, if he had no Sukah on the first day of Sukos? Should he put up a Sukah on Chol ha'Mo'ed?

(c) What is Rebbi Eliezer's source for both Halachos?

(d) What do the Chachamim say regarding both issues?

(a) How do the Rabbanan of Rebbi Eliezer interpret "Chag ha'Sukos Ta'aseh Lecha *Shiv'as Yamim*"?

(b) Why does Rebbi Eliezer need to permit re-building a Sukah that fell down in Chol ha'Mo'ed? Why might we have thought otherwise?

(a) What does Rebbi Eliezer learn from the Pasuk in Re'ei "Chag ha'Sukos Ta'aseh *Lecha*?

(b) What do the Rabbanan learn from the Pasuk in Emor "Kol ha'Ezrach be'Yisrael Yeishvu ba'Sukos" (bearing in mind that "ba'Sukos" is written without a 'Vav' - here too, the printer mistakenly wrote it with two 'Vavin', when there should have been none)?

(c) Then what do they do with the word "Lecha"?

(a) What does Rebbi Eliezer learn from "Kol ha'Ezrach be'Yisrael Yeishvu ba'Sukos"?

(b) From where do the Rabbanan know that a child who became Bar-Mitzvah on Chol ha'Mo'ed Sukos, or a gentile who converted then, are nevertheless obligated to observe the Mitzvah of Sukah?

(a) What did Rebbi Eliezer ask Rebbi Ila'i, when he came to visit him in Lud?

(b) What is his source for this?

(c) What do we learn from the husband of the Shunamis, who asked his wife why she was going to visit the Navi Elisha despite the fact that it was neither Shabbos nor Rosh Chodesh?

(d) How does Rebbi Eliezer establish this Halachah?

(a) What did Rebbi Eliezer reply, when Yochanan ben Ila'i asked him about extending the wall of a Sukah, by spreading a sheet, to protect him from the sun?

(b) Why did he not answer his question?

(c) What common factor is shared by the following ...

  1. ... Shoftim: Osniel ben K'naz, Yiftach, Shamgar, Ya'ir and Avdon?
  2. ... tribes: Reuven, Shimon Gad and Asher?
(d) Every tribe produced prophets.
In which way were Yehudah and Binyamin distinguished?
(a) Why could Rebbi Eliezer not have been visiting Yochanan b'Rebbi Illa'i ...
  1. ... on Sukos?
  2. ... on any other Yom-Tov?
(b) Then why was there a problem of extending the wall of the Sukah?

(c) What does Rebbi Eliezer hold with regard to re-placing a window on Shabbos?

(d) Then why did he not apply his ruling (which he obviously received from his Rebbes) in our case?

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