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Everything you wanted to know #3: Sukkahs

… ie, Every Dumb Thing You Might NOT Have Wanted to Know About Aliyah, but I Did and This is My Blog So Here it Comes Anyway.

My question this week:

What's your Sukkah made of???

I asked this during Sukkos, which I understand is called Sukkot in Israel, though it’s going to take time for me to adjust back to saying it that way.  ;-))

Here are the answers (feel free to add your own in the Comments section below!):

  • Ours is wood on a "permanent" pergola (very much like this one).

  • Metal poles + fabric (from

  • Plastic tarp and bamboo with permanent bracing for the schach

  • metal poles with a tarp. and bamboo mat schach. we brought it from america; the fabric ones probably let a lot more air in, and i would recommend that. we cut windows in our tarp to allow some air to flow through...

  • Metal poles and fabric, but you need to make sure that there are enough wooden poles on top to hold the schach in such a way that it doesn't come into contact with metal (which is mekabel tuma). We had wooden boards (walls) in our old place - also very good. The pros and cons: fabric lets in more breeze, but it also lets in more sun, which can really heat up the sukkah. Also, if you have fabric, you need to have more solid items to make up the lowest ten tefachot of the walls. (continued) We have 3.5 walls around our balcony that are each about a meter and a half high. We put the cloth walls up just to make it have the look and feel of the sukkah, but the structure walls make it kosher.

  • we build ours from scratch every year with pallets and other found wood - this year we borrowed someone's old sukkah frame and embellished it with pallets and rugs and fabric

    There…Aren’t you glad I asked???

    Sukkah photo by Yoninah; licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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