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SUKAH 20
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SUKAH 20 - Dedicated by Nathan Fishman in memory of his father, Mordechai ben Aharon Fishman z'l.

SUMMARY

1. The Gemara continues to discuss various types of Sechach mats.
 
2. Any item that becomes Tamei when a Tamei person sits on it also becomes Tamei through contact with the dead.
 
3. Reish Lakish recounts three periods of time when the Torah was almost forgotten from Bnei Yisrael.
 
4. Tana Kama: One who sleeps under a bed in the Sukah does not fulfill his obligation to sleep in the Sukah.
 
5. Raban Gamliel recalled how his slave was clearly a Torah scholar as he slept under the bed in the Sukah.

A BIT MORE

1. The arguments regarding these mats revolve around whether they are made with intent to be used for sleeping or for Sechach.
 
2. This means that any item that can become an Av ha'Tum'ah through contact with a Tamei person who sits on it can also become an Av ha'Tum'ah through contact with a dead person.
 
3. He says that the Torah was restored during these periods by Ezra, afterwards by Hillel, and afterwards by Rebbi Chiya and his sons.
 
4. The Tana Kama is referring to a case in which the bed is ten Tefachim high. Rebbi Yehudah: We used to do this in front of elders and nobody told us that we did wrong.
 
5. An Eved Kena'ani is obligated only in Mitzvos like a woman, and a woman is exempt from the Mitzvah of Sukah (since it is a time-bound Mitzvas Aseh). By sleeping under the bed in the Sukah, the slave demonstrated that he knew that he was exempt from the Mitzvah.

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