Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 135:7
Dwelling in the Sukkah

[Editor's note: we have skipped halachos 3 through 6 of this chapter]

7. On the remaining nights (aside from the first), and similarly, during all the days [of Succos], there is no obligation to eat [only] in the sukkah. However, should one desire to eat an "achilas keva" (lit: "fixed meal") or to sleep, one is obligated to do so in the sukkah.

What is considered an "achilas keva"? More than a "k'beitzah" (1) of bread, even when one does not sit down to eat it as a meal ("lo kovah oleho"); the same applies even to "pas ha'boh be'kisnin" (2). Similarly, if one sits down to a meal ("kovea seuda") of cooked foods made from the five species of grain (3), and one will eat more than a "k'beitzah," one is obligated to eat [the meal] in the sukkah, and to recite the blessing [for the mitzvah to dwell in a sukkah], "leisheiv ba'sukkah".

In contrast, even when one sits down to a meal comprising a substantial quantity of fruits, it is permissible to eat them outside the sukkah. Similarly, wine and other beverages, or meat, cheese, [and other similar foods], may be eaten outside the sukkah, provided one does not sit down to eat them as a meal. If, however, one desires to drink wine or other beverages as part of a meal ("derech kevah") or one sits down to a meal of meat or cheese, it is necessary [to do so in] a sukkah. One should not, however, recite the blessing "leisheiv ba'sukkah" (unless one is eating bread with the meal). It is preferable that one eat bread beforehand, so that one may recite the blessing ["leisheiv basukkah"].

The above represents the minimum requirements of the law. However, [our Sages said] that one who is stringent with himself and does not drink even water outside the sukkah, is praiseworthy.

FOOTNOTES:

(1) Opinions as to the size of a "k'beitzah" range from 86.23 ml to 100 ml. In more concrete terms, a "k'beitzah" is two thirds of a slice of regular sliced white bread or three quarters of a regular square machine matzah ("Halachos of K'zayis" by Rabbi Y. Bodner).

(2) Cake, biscuits, or pastry made from the five species of grain (see note 3).

(3) The five species are wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt.

 

Back  Paragraph 2  Table of Contents  Paragraph 8 Next 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2003 Project Genesis, Inc.

 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

The Hasmoneans Take a Stand: A History of Chanukah, Part II
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5774

Miracles of Modesty
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

“So you Think You’re The Man, Alexander?” (Insights for Chanukah)
Jon Erlbaum - 0

> Anti-Semitism: The Original Source
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Living Lessons
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Left to Chance - Yields Chaos
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Analyzing The Imagery of A Familiar Chanukah Poem
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

Days of Eight
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Good and Bad Company
Shlomo Katz - 5768

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Meaning of Miracles
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Basic Concepts and Laws
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

A Torah Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5766

ArtScroll

Shared Responsibility
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

O Chanukah, O Chanukah . . .
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Chanukah
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

Well-Fare of a Tzaddik
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information