The most important part of the sukkah is the roofing material which is called schach (סכך). There are lots of rules about what is kosher schach, or schach which can be used on a sukkah. Basically, the roof is made of something that grows from the ground but is cut off from the ground.
- Have you ever seen schach?
- What did it look like?
- What type of material was it?
Tucked away in Mishnah Sukkah 1:1 are 4 Hebrew words which tell us something very important about schach. Read the highlighted section
According to the Mishnah, a kosher sukkah is one that has more sunlight or more shade?
Draw a sukkah with the right ratio of sunlight to shade. Your drawing might include the sun shining down on the sukkah.
- Why do you think some light has to come through the schach, although there must be more shade?
- What feeling do you think you are supposed to have when you leave your house to sit in a sukkah?