SUKAH 12 (10 Av 5781) - Dedicated by Rabbi Dr. Eli Turkel of Ra'anana, Israel, in memory of his father, Reb Yisrael Shimon ben Shlomo ha'Levi Turkel. Isi Turkel loved Torah and labored to support it literally with his last ounces of strength. He passed away on 10 Av 5740.


BUNDLES OF SCHACH (Yerushalmi Halachah 6 Daf 6a)

משנה חבילי קש וחבילי עצים וחבילי זרדים אין מסככין בהן


(Mishnah): One may not use bundles of straw, wood or cane as Schach.

אם התירן כשירות


If he untied them, they are valid.

וכולן כשירות לדפנות


They may all be used as Sukah walls.

גמרא ר' חייה בשם ר' יוחנן מפני שהיא נראית כאוצר


(Gemara - R. Chiya quoting R. Yochanan): Bundles are invalid because it looks like he is storing the bundles on top of the Sukah. (Chazal were concerned that in the summertime a person might come in from the field carrying bundles of fresh moist sticks and will put them on top of his Sukah to dry. Later, when it comes to Sukos, he might just decide to use those bundles as his Schach (without moving them). This would completely disqualify the Sukah as it is "Taaseh Velo Min Ha'asui" - that the Schach was not originally put there for shade.)

ר' יעקב בר אבייא רב ששת בשם ר' חייה רבה אין חבילה פחותה מכ"ה


R. Yaakov bar Avaya/Rav Sheshes quoting R. Chiya Rabah: It is not called a bundle if it contains less than 25 sticks.