The roof, or schach, is the most important aspect of a sukkah. The material of the schach must have grown from the ground but can not be still attached to the ground.

  • What materials have you seen used as schach?

We learn in Mishnah Sukkah 1:1 that the schach has to provide more shade than sun. In Mishnah Sukkah 1:3 we learn that the schach can’t be covered up.

The next mishnah presents a new situation having to do with the roof.

  • Read the mishnah below and draw one of the sukkot it describes.

(יא) הָעוֹשֶׂה סֻכָּתוֹ כְּמִין צְרִיף, אוֹ שֶׁסְּמָכָהּ לְכֹתֶל, רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר פּוֹסֵל, מִפְּנֵי שֶׁאֵין לָהּ גָּג, וַחֲכָמִים מַכְשִׁירִין.

(11) One who establishes his sukka like a type of circular hut or who rested the sukka against the wall Rabbi Eliezer deems it unfit because it does not have a roof, and the Rabbis deem it fit.

  • How would sitting in the sukkah that you drew differ from a usual sukkah?

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