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Mezuzah on Sukkah walls that were left up

 

Question:

We didn’t take our Sukkah walls down this year (at first it was just delayed, then we decided there was no need), and I wanted to know if the entrance way requires a Mezuzah.

The Sukkah is made up of the walls of our house, garage (including the door to the garage), a wall between our backyard and our neighbors, and the added Sukkah panels to enclose the area. There are also horizontal and vertical wooden beams to create a frame (including one across the entrance).

 

Answer:

If there are 4 connected walls and the intent is to leave the Sukkah wall up one should affix a Mezuzah on the right side entry leading into the Sukkah structure without the reciting of a blessing.

 

Reasoning:

The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 286:14) writes that a room without a roof is exempt from Mezuzah. However many Rishonim including Tosfos to Menachos 33 hold that if the regular usage of the room is without a roof, then the entrance would still be obligated in Mezuzah. Therefore the Rosh also obligates a fenced courtyard in Mezuzah since the regular usage of a courtyard is without a roof. Additionally, if this is a courtyard leading into the house all agree that it would be obligated in Mitzvas Mezuzah.

 

 

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