Chapter 4ד׳
1 א

שִׁעוּר הַסֻּכָּה גָּבְהָהּ אֵין פָּחוֹת מֵעֲשָׂרָה טְפָחִים וְלֹא יָתֵר עַל עֶשְׂרִים אַמָּה. וְרָחְבָּהּ אֵין פָּחוֹת מִשִּׁבְעָה טְפָחִים עַל שִׁבְעָה טְפָחִים. וְיֵשׁ לוֹ לְהוֹסִיף בְּרָחְבָּהּ אֲפִלּוּ כַּמָּה מִילִין. הָיְתָה פְּחוּתָה מֵעֲשָׂרָה אוֹ מִשִּׁבְעָה עַל שִׁבְעָה אוֹ גְּבוֹהָה מֵעֶשְׂרִים אַמָּה כָּל שֶׁהוּא הֲרֵי זוֹ פְּסוּלָה:

The requisite height of the sukkah (booth) is no less than ten handbreadths and no more than twenty ells. And its [size] is no less than than seven handbreadths on seven handbreadths, but one may add to its size — even several mil. If it was [even] a minimal amount less than ten [in height] or seven on seven [in size] or more than twenty ells, it is surely disqualified.

2 ב

סֻכָּה שֶׁאֵין לָהּ שָׁלֹשׁ דְּפָנוֹת פְּסוּלָה. הָיוּ לָהּ שְׁתֵּי דְּפָנוֹת גְּמוּרוֹת זוֹ בְּצַד זוֹ כְּמִין גַּ''ם עוֹשֶׂה דֹּפֶן שֶׁיֵּשׁ בְּרָחְבּוֹ יֶתֶר עַל טֶפַח וּמַעֲמִידוֹ בְּפָחוֹת מִשְּׁלֹשָׁה סָמוּךְ לְאֶחָד מִשְּׁתֵּי הַדְּפָנוֹת וְדַיּוֹ. וְצָרִיךְ לַעֲשׂוֹת לָהּ צוּרַת פֶּתַח מִפְּנֵי שֶׁאֵין לָהּ שָׁלֹשׁ דָּפְנוֹת גְּמוּרוֹת. וּכְבָר בֵּאַרְנוּ בְּהִלְכוֹת שַׁבָּת שֶׁצּוּרַת פֶּתַח הָאָמוּר בְּכָל מָקוֹם אֲפִלּוּ קָנֶה מִכָּאן וְקָנֶה מִכָּאן וְקָנֶה עַל גַּבֵּיהֶן אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינוֹ מַגִּיעַ לָהֶן:

A sukkah that does not have three panels is disqualified. [If] it had two full panels — one besides the other — like a type of gamma — one makes a panel that has more than a handbreadth in width and places it less than three [handbreadths] adjacent to one of the two [existing] panels, and that is enough for it. However, one must [also] make the outline of an entrance for it — since it does not have three full panels. And we have already explained in the Laws of Shabbat that the outline of an entrance mentioned in every place is even a reed from here and a reed from there, and a reed on top of them — even if it does not touch them.

3 ג

הָיוּ לָהּ שְׁתֵּי דְּפָנוֹת זוֹ כְּנֶגֶד זוֹ וּבֵינֵיהֶן מְפֻלָּשׁ. עוֹשֶׂה דֹּפֶן שֶׁיֵּשׁ בְּרָחְבּוֹ אַרְבָּעָה טְפָחִים וּמַשֶּׁהוּ וּמַעֲמִידוֹ בְּפָחוֹת מִשְּׁלֹשָׁה סָמוּךְ לְאַחַת מִשְּׁתֵּי הַדְּפָנוֹת וּכְשֵׁרָה. וְצָרִיךְ לַעֲשׂוֹת לָהּ צוּרַת פֶּתַח. קָנִים הַיּוֹצְאִים מִסְּכַךְ הַסֻּכָּה לִפְנֵי הַסֻּכָּה וְדֹפֶן אַחַת נִמְשֶׁכֶת עִמָּהֶן הֲרֵי הֵן כְּסֻכָּה:

[If] it had two panels — one across from the other — and it was open between them: One makes a panel that has a width of four handbreadths and a minimal amount and places it less than three [handbreadths] adjacent to one of the panels, and it is fit. However, one must [also] make the outline of an entrance for it. [In a case of] reeds that extend from the skhakh (covering) of the sukkah and there is a panel that extends with them, they are surely like a sukkah (and add to the main structure).

4 ד

דְּפָנוֹת שֶׁהָיוּ דְּבוּקוֹת בְּגַג הַסֻּכָּה וְלֹא הָיוּ מַגִּיעוֹת לָאָרֶץ אִם הָיוּ גְּבוֹהוֹת מִן הָאָרֶץ שְׁלֹשָׁה טְפָחִים פְּסוּלָה. פָּחוֹת מִכֵּן כְּשֵׁרָה. הָיוּ הַדְּפָנוֹת דְּבוּקוֹת לָאָרֶץ וְלֹא הָיוּ מַגִּיעוֹת לַסְּכָךְ אִם גְּבוֹהוֹת עֲשָׂרָה טְפָחִים אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהֵן רְחוֹקִין מִן הַגַּג כַּמָּה אַמּוֹת כְּשֵׁרָה וּבִלְבַד שֶׁיִּהְיוּ הַדְּפָנוֹת מְכֻוָּנוֹת תַּחַת שְׂפַת הַגַּג. הִרְחִיק אֶת הַגַּג מִן הַדֹּפֶן שְׁלֹשָׁה טְפָחִים פְּסוּלָה. פָּחוֹת מִכֵּן כְּשֵׁרָה. תָּלָה מְחִצָּה שֶׁגְּבוֹהָה אַרְבָּעָה וּמַשֶּׁהוּ בְּאֶמְצַע בְּפָחוֹת מִשְּׁלֹשָׁה סָמוּךְ לָאָרֶץ וּבְפָחוֹת מִשְּׁלֹשָׁה סָמוּךְ לַגַּג הֲרֵי זוֹ כְּשֵׁרָה:

[Regarding] panels that connected to the roof of the sukkah but did not reach the ground: If they were more than three handbreadths from the ground, it is disqualified; less than that, it is fit. [But if] they were connected to the ground but did not reach the skhakh: If they were ten handbreadths tall — even if they were several ells distant from the roof — it is fit. And that is so long as the panels are directly under the edge of the roof. If one moved the roof three handbreadths from the panel [horizontally], it is disqualified; less than that, it is [still] fit. [If] one suspended a partition — the height of which was four [handbreadths] and a little tall — less than three [handbreadths] adjacent to the ground and less than three adjacent to the roof, it is fit.

5 ה

הָעוֹשֶׂה סֻכָּתוֹ בֵּין הָאִילָנוֹת וְהָאִילָנוֹת דְּפָנוֹת לָהּ. אִם הָיוּ חֲזָקִים אוֹ שֶׁקָּשַׁר אוֹתָם וְחִזֵּק אוֹתָם עַד שֶׁלֹּא תִּהְיֶה הָרוּחַ הַמְּצוּיָה מְנִידָה אוֹתָם תָּמִיד וּמִלֵּא בֵּין הָאֲמִירִים בְּתֶבֶן וּבְקַשׁ כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא תָּנִיד אוֹתָם הָרוּחַ וְקָשַׁר אוֹתָם הֲרֵי זוֹ כְּשֵׁרָה. שֶׁכָּל מְחִצָּה שֶׁאֵינָהּ יְכוֹלָה לַעֲמֹד בְּרוּחַ מְצוּיָה שֶׁל יַבָּשָׁה אֵינָהּ מְחִצָּה:

[In the case] of one who makes a sukkah between trees and the trees are its panels: If they were [already] strong or he tied them and [thereby] strengthened them so that a common wind would not always move them; and he filled between the branches with hay and straw so that the wind not move them and he tied them down — it is fit. For any partition that is not able to stand in a common land-wind (as opposed to an ocean wind) is not [considered] a partition.

6 ו

הָעוֹשֶׂה סֻכָּתוֹ בְּרֹאשׁ הָעֲגָלָה אוֹ בְּרֹאשׁ הַסְּפִינָה כְּשֵׁרָה וְעוֹלִין לָהּ בְּיוֹם טוֹב. בְּרֹאשׁ הָאִילָן אוֹ עַל גַּבֵּי הַגָּמָל כְּשֵׁרָה וְאֵין עוֹלִין לָהּ בְּיוֹם טוֹב. לְפִי שֶׁאָסוּר לַעֲלוֹת בְּיוֹם טוֹב בָּאִילָן אוֹ עַל גַּבֵּי בְּהֵמָה. הָיוּ מִקְצָת הַדְּפָנוֹת עֲשׂוּיוֹת בִּידֵי אָדָם וּמִקְצָתָן אִילָנוֹת רוֹאִין כָּל שֶׁאִלּוּ נִטְּלוּ הָאִילָנוֹת הִיא יְכוֹלָה לַעֲמֹד בַּדְּפָנוֹת שֶׁבִּידֵי אָדָם עוֹלִין לָהּ בְּיוֹם טוֹב:

[In the case of] one who makes his sukkah at the top of a cart or the top of a boat: It is fit and he may go up to it on the holiday. [If he did so] on top of a tree or on top of a camel, it is [also] fit, but he may not go up to it on the holiday — since it is forbidden to go up on a tree or on top of an animal on a holiday. If part of the panels were made by human hands and part of them were trees: We look at it all, such that if the trees were removed and [the sukkah] would [continue] standing from the human panels — we may go up to it on the holiday.

7 ז

סֻכָּה שֶׁאֵין לָהּ גַּג פְּסוּלָה. כֵּיצַד. כְּגוֹן שֶׁהָיוּ רָאשֵׁי הַדְּפָנוֹת דְּבוּקוֹת זוֹ בָּזוֹ כְּמִין צְרִיף. אוֹ שֶׁסָּמַךְ רֹאשׁ הַדֹּפֶן שֶׁל סֻכָּה לַכֹּתֶל. אִם הָיָה לָהּ גַּג אֲפִלּוּ טֶפַח. אוֹ שֶׁהִגְבִּיהַּ הַדֹּפֶן הַסָּמוּךְ לַכֹּתֶל מִן הַקַּרְקַע טֶפַח הֲרֵי זוֹ כְּשֵׁרָה. סֻכָּה עֲגֻלָּה אִם יֵשׁ בְּהֶקֵּפָהּ כְּדֵי לְרַבֵּעַ בָּהּ שִׁבְעָה טְפָחִים עַל שִׁבְעָה טְפָחִים אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵין לָהּ זָוִיּוֹת הֲרֵי זוֹ כְּשֵׁרָה:

A sukkah that does not have a roof is disqualified. How is that? For example, [if] the two tops of the panels connected one to another, like a type of [wigwam] or one leaned the panel of the sukkah on the wall. If it had a roof, even a handbreadth; or he raised the panel adjacent to the wall a handbreadth from the ground — it is surely fit. [In a case of] a round sukkah: If there is enough in its circumference to square its interior to seven handbreadths on seven handbreadths, it is surely fit — even though it does not have corners.

8 ח

סִכֵּךְ עַל גַּבֵּי אַכְסַדְרָה שֶׁיֵּשׁ לָהּ פְּצִימִין בֵּין שֶׁהָיוּ נִרְאִין מִבִּפְנִים וְאֵין נִרְאִין מִבַּחוּץ בֵּין שֶׁהָיוּ נִרְאִין מִבַּחוּץ וְאֵין נִרְאִין מִבִּפְנִים כְּשֵׁרָה:

[If] one roofed the top of a veranda that had doorposts — whether they were visible from the inside but not visible from the outside or whether they were visible from the outside but not visible from the inside — it is fit.

9 ט

לֹא הָיוּ לָהּ פְּצִימִין פְּסוּלָה מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהִיא סֻכָּה הָעֲשׂוּיָה כְּמָבוֹי שֶׁהֲרֵי אֵין לָהּ אֶלָּא שְׁנֵי צִדֵּי הָאַכְסַדְרָה וְאֶמְצַע הָאַכְסַדְרָה אֵין בּוֹ כֹּתֶל וְשֶׁכְּנֶגְדּוֹ אֵין בּוֹ פְּצִימִין:

[If] it did not have doorposts, it is disqualified, since it is a sukkah made like an alley. See that it only has the two sides of the veranda, whereas the middle of the veranda does not have a wall to it, and that which is across from it does not have doorposts.

10 י

סִכֵּךְ עַל גַּבֵּי מָבוֹי שֶׁיֵּשׁ לוֹ לֶחִי אוֹ עַל גַּבֵּי בְּאֵר שֶׁיֵּשׁ לָהּ פַּסִּין הֲרֵי זוֹ סֻכָּה כְּשֵׁרָה לְאוֹתָהּ שַׁבָּת שֶׁבְּתוֹךְ הֶחָג בִּלְבַד. מִתּוֹךְ שֶׁלֶּחִי זֶה וּפַסִּין אֵלּוּ מְחִצּוֹת לְעִנְיַן שַׁבָּת נַחְשֹׁב אוֹתָן כִּמְחִצּוֹת לְעִנְיַן סֻכָּה:

[If] one roofed the top of an alley that has a post; or the top of a well that has boards — it is a fit sukkah only for that Shabbat that is during the festival: Since this post or these boards are a partition with regards to Shabbat, we consider them to be like a partition with regards to [being] a sukkah [on that day].

11 יא

נָעַץ אַרְבָּעָה קֻנְדִּיסִין עַל אַרְבַּע זָוִיּוֹת הַגַּג וְסִכֵּךְ עַל גַּבָּן הוֹאִיל וְהַסִּכּוּךְ עַל שְׂפַת הַגַּג כָּשֵׁר וְרוֹאִין אֶת הַמְּחִצּוֹת הַתַּחְתּוֹנוֹת כְּאִלּוּ הֵן עוֹלוֹת לְמַעְלָה עַל שְׂפַת הַסִּכּוּךְ:

[In a case of] one who implanted four poles on four corners of the roof and covered on top of them: Since the covering over the edge of the roof is fit, and we see the lower partitions [of the building below the roof] as if they rise up to the edge of the covering [it is fit].

12 יב

סֻכָּה שֶׁיֵּשׁ לָהּ פְּתָחִים רַבִּים וְיֵשׁ בִּכְתָלֶיהָ חַלּוֹנוֹת הַרְבֵּה הֲרֵי זוֹ כְּשֵׁרָה. וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁפָּרוּץ מְרֻבֶּה עַל הָעוֹמֵד. וּבִלְבַד שֶׁלֹּא יִהְיֶה שָׁם פֶּתַח יֶתֶר עַל עֶשֶׂר. אֲבָל אִם הָיָה שָׁם פֶּתַח יֶתֶר עַל עֶשֶׂר אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁיֵּשׁ לָהּ צוּרַת פֶּתַח צָרִיךְ שֶׁלֹּא יִהְיֶה הַפָּרוּץ מְרֻבֶּה עַל הָעוֹמֵד:

A sukkah that has many openings and has many windows in its wall is surely fit — and even though what is breached is greater than what is standing. And [that is] so long as there is no entrance [that is] more than ten [ells] there. But if there was an entrance [that is] more than ten there — even if it has an outline of an entrance — it is necessary that what is breached not be greater than what is standing.

13 יג

סֻכָּה שֶׁאֲוִירָהּ גָּבוֹהַּ מֵעֶשְׂרִים אַמָּה וּמִעֲטָהּ בְּכָרִים וּכְסָתוֹת אֵינוֹ מִעוּט וַאֲפִלּוּ בִּטְּלָם. מִעֲטָהּ בְּתֶבֶן וּבִטְּלוֹ הֲרֵי זֶה מִעוּט. וְאֵין צָרִיךְ לוֹמַר עָפָר וּבִטְּלוֹ. אֲבָל בֶּעָפָר סְתָם אֵינוֹ מִעוּט. הָיְתָה גְּבוֹהָה מֵעֶשְׂרִים אַמָּה וְהוּצִין יוֹרְדִין לְתוֹךְ עֶשְׂרִים אִם הָיְתָה צִלָּתָן מְרֻבָּה מֵחֲמָתָן יֵחָשְׁבוּ כְּגַג עָבֶה וּכְשֵׁרָה:

[In the case of] a sukkah, the air of which was more than twenty ells tall, and one reduced [its height] with cushions and bed covers [placed on the floor]: It is not [considered] a reduction — and even if he nullified them. [But if] one reduced it with straw and nullified it, it is a reduction; and it is not necessary to say [that the same is true with] dirt when he nullified it. However, with undesignated dirt, it is not a reduction. [If] it was taller than twenty ells, but the ends of the palm leaves fall within twenty: If the shade [from them only] is greater than the sun [light], they are considered like a thick roof, and it is fit.

14 יד

בָּנָה אִצְטַבָּה בָּהּ כְּנֶגֶד דֹּפֶן הָאֶמְצָעִית עַל פְּנֵי כֻּלָּהּ אִם יֵשׁ בָּאִצְטַבָּה שִׁעוּר רֹחַב הַסֻּכָּה כְּשֵׁרָה. בָּנָה אִצְטַבָּה כְּנֶגֶד דֹּפֶן הָאֶמְצָעִית מִן הַצַּד אִם יֵשׁ מִשְּׂפַת אִצְטַבָּה וְלַכֹּתֶל אַרְבַּע אַמּוֹת פְּסוּלָה פָּחוֹת מֵאַרְבַּע אַמּוֹת כְּשֵׁרָה. בָּנָה אִצְטַבָּה בְּאֶמְצָעָהּ אִם יֵשׁ מִשְּׂפַת אִצְטַבָּה וְלַכֹּתֶל אַרְבַּע אַמּוֹת לְכָל רוּחַ פְּסוּלָה. פָּחוֹת מֵאַרְבַּע אַמּוֹת כְּשֵׁרָה. וּכְאִלּוּ הַמְּחִצּוֹת נוֹגְעוֹת בָּאִצְטַבָּה וַהֲרֵי מִן הָאִצְטַבָּה וְעַד הַסִּכּוּךְ פָּחוֹת מֵעֶשְׂרִים אַמָּה. בָּנָה בָּהּ עַמּוּד וְיֵשׁ בּוֹ הֶכְשֵׁר סֻכָּה פְּסוּלָה. שֶׁאֵין אֵלּוּ מְחִצּוֹת הַנִּכָּרוֹת וְנִמְצָא עַל גַּב הָעַמּוּד סְכָךְ כָּשֵׁר בְּלֹא דְּפָנוֹת:

[If a sukkah was more than twenty cubits high and] one built a platform opposite the entire middle panel: If the platform has the requisite size of a sukkah, it is fit. [If] he built a platform opposite the middle panel along the side: If there are four ells from the edge of the platform to the wall [on the other side], it is disqualified; less than four ells, it is fit. [If] he built it in its middle: If there are four ells from the edge of the platform to the wall in any direction, it is disqualified; less than four ells, it is fit. [For] it is as if the partitions touch the platform, and there is surely less than twenty ells from the platform to the covering. [If] one built a pillar [in a sukkah that was too tall] and it has the [requisite size to] qualify as a sukkah — it is disqualified. For there are no recognizable partitions; so it comes out that there is fit skhakh over the pillar without [any] panels.

15 טו

הָיְתָה פְּחוּתָה מֵעֲשָׂרָה וְחָקַק בָּהּ לְהַשְׁלִימָהּ לַעֲשָׂרָה. אִם יֵשׁ מִשְּׂפַת חֲקָק וְלַכֹּתֶל שְׁלֹשָׁה טְפָחִים פְּסוּלָה. פָּחוֹת מִכֵּן כְּשֵׁרָה. שֶׁכָּל פָּחוֹת מִשְּׁלֹשָׁה הֲרֵי הוּא כְּדָבוּק כְּמוֹ שֶׁבֵּאַרְנוּ בְּהִלְכוֹת שַׁבָּת:

[In a case in which a sukkah] was less then ten [handbreadths tall], and one hollowed out [part of the floor] to [make it] ten: If there are three handbreadths from the edge of the hollow to the wall, it is disqualified; less than that, it is fit. For all that is less than three is surely as if it is connected — as we explained in the Laws of Shabbat.

16 טז

דָּפְנֵי סֻכָּה כְּשֵׁרִין מִן הַכּל שֶׁאֵין אָנוּ צְרִיכִין אֶלָּא מְחִצָּה מִכָּל מָקוֹם וַאֲפִלּוּ מִבַּעֲלֵי חַיִּים. וְעוֹשֶׂה אָדָם אֶת חֲבֵרוֹ דֹּפֶן בְּיוֹם טוֹב כְּדֵי שֶׁיֹּאכַל וְיִשְׁתֶּה וְיִישַׁן בְּסֻכָּה כְּשֵׁרָה שֶׁחֲבֵרוֹ דֹּפֶן לָהּ. וְהוּא שֶׁיַּעֲשֶׂה אוֹתוֹ שֶׁלֹּא לְדַעַת זֶה שֶׁנַּעֲשָׂה דֹּפֶן. אֲבָל אִם עֲשָׂהוּ לְדַעַת אָסוּר בְּיוֹם טוֹב וּמֻתָּר בִּשְׁאָר יְמֵי הֶחָג. וְכֵן עוֹשֶׂה בְּכֵלִים דֹּפֶן רְבִיעִית בְּיוֹם טוֹב. אֲבָל דֹּפֶן שְׁלִישִׁית לֹא יַעֲשֶׂה אוֹתָהּ בְּכֵלִים בְּיוֹם טוֹב לְפִי שֶׁהוּא מַכְשִׁיר הַסֻּכָּה וְאֵין עוֹשִׂין אֹהֶל עֲרַאי בְּיוֹם טוֹב:

Fit panels of a sukkah are from anything. For we only need any partition that exists — even from animals. And one may make a partition from his fellow on the holiday in order that he may eat, drink and sleep in a fit sukkah, for which his fellow is a panel. And that is so long as he makes him [such] without the knowledge of that one that he was made into a panel. But if he made him [such] with [his] knowledge, it is forbidden on the holiday, but permissible on other days of the festival. And likewise may he make the fourth panel with vessels on the holiday. But he may not make the third panel with vessels on the holiday, as he is [thereby] making the sukkah fit — and one may not make a temporary [structure] on a holiday.