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Am I obligated to eat in the Sukkah if it is raining?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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If dwelling in the Sukkah causes discomfort, you are exempt from the Mitzvah. Therefore, if it is raining – enough to ruin the food you are trying to enjoy – it is permissible to eat outside the sukkah.

It should be noted, however, that many Chassidim will remain in the sukkah no matter what the weather brings; thus demonstrating their tremendous love for G-d's Mitzvahs.

The exception to this rule is the first night of Sukkot, when every male is obligated to make Kiddush and eat at least one ounce of bread (Challah) in the sukkah -- even if it's "pouring cats and dogs."


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Mitzvah
(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
Sukkot
A seven day autumn festival commemorating the miracle of the Heavenly Clouds which enveloped the Jews while traveling in the desert for forty years. On this holiday we dwell in makeshift booths and shake the Four Species.
Sukkah
The temporary structure in which we are required to dwell for the duration of the holiday of Sukkot. The Sukkah must have at least three walls and its roof consists of unsecured branches, twigs or wooden slats.
Chassidim
(Pl.: Chassidim; Adj.: Chassidic) Following the teachings of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760), the founder of "Chassidut." Chassidut emphasizes serving G-d with sincerity and joy, and the importance of connecting to a Rebbe (saintly mentor).
Kiddush
Prayer recited at the beginning of the Sabbath or Holiday meal--both the evening and afternoon meals. This prayer, acknowledging the sanctity of the day, is recited over a cup of wine or grape juice.
Challah
A loaf of bread. Usually refers to: 1) The section of dough separated and given to the priest (today that section is burnt). 2) The sweetened, soft bread customarily consumed at the Sabbath meals.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.