Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Sukka
Jews around the world study the same page of Talmud each day as part of the 7-year cycle of the Daf Yomi. Join Rabbanit Dr. Tamara Spitz each week as she reviews the key topics of the previous week’s seven pages, gaining an overview of the entire Talmud while also doing a deeper analysis of one of the core issues in that week’s text.
We will combine breadth and depth to gain insights into each Tractate being studied, and enjoy the benefits of moving through topics at a quicker pace. Whatever your background in Talmud, this shiur will allow you to connect to the worldwide phenomenon of Daf Yomi study, whether you learn the daf each day or just want to gain an overview of the entire Gemara.
For the previous tractate, masechet Yoma, please visit HERE.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Sukka: Lesson 1: Daf 2-6
In this Tractate we will learn about the main mitzvot, commandments, of the Festival of Sukkot. The first chapter will deal with the construction of the Sukkah. What are the minimum and maximum dimensions for a proper Sukkah according to Jewish law? We will learn how this question is linked with the laws of Shabbat, including Eruv. We will also be drawing parallels to the Temple and the Mishkan in the desert.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Sukka: Lesson 2: Daf 7-13
This week we will learn the minimum number of walls to make a valid Sukka. We will also see the minimum size of a circular Sukka. The Gemara will then enumerate various scenarios that either validate or invalidate the Sukka structure from the outside and from the inside.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Sukka: Lesson 3: Daf 14-20
This week we will learn what materials are valid to cover the Sukka and what materials make the Sukka invalid. We will learn fundamental concepts that help in creating walls and roofs. The Gemara makes a distinction between invalid Sukka roof materials and empty air space. We will also learn about different laws pertaining to reed mats and their validity for Sukkas.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Sukka: Lesson 4: Daf 21-27
This week we will learn about various cases where the covering, schach, of the Sukka isn’t complete and if this is valid and what if there is equal shade to sun in the Sukka? We will learn about Sukkas in trees, on animals and on ships and understand if they are valid. We will also learn who is exempt from eating or sleeping in a Sukka.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Sukka: Lesson 5: Daf 28-34
This week we will learn if your Sukka is valid if your table is in your house instead of in your Sukka and what to do if it rains on Sukkot. We will complete the second chapter and begin the third chapter that teaches all the parameters of choosing valid 4 species; Lulav, hadasim, aravot and etrog.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Sukka: Lesson 6: Daf 35-41
This week we will learn about the 4th species, the Etrog and what makes it valid or invalid. We will learn about someone who is on a journey over Sukkot and when they are required to find a Lulav to shake. We will learn the laws pertaining to the recitation of the Hallel. And since we are learning about the Etrog, many laws of the Shemita year come up in this week’s daf.
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Sukka: Lesson 7: Daf 42-48
Daf Yomi One Week at a Time: Sukka: Lesson 8: Daf 49-56 + Siyum
We are going to be finishing the 4th chapter this week and learning about the 2 pipes that were built into the side of the alter in the Temple. The 5th and final chapter discusses the importance of music and instruments in the Temple service. We will learn about the Simchat Beit HaShoeva which was a week long celebration of water on Sukkot during the time of the Temple, that we commemorate till today. This week we will be finishing Masechet Sukka!
Rabbanit Dr. Tamara Spitz is the Rosh Beit Midrash and Mashgicha Ruchanit of Midreshet Torah v'Avodah. She lectures on various topics in Gemara, including Daf Yomi, Halacha, and Tefilah. Dr. Spitz has held academic and administrative positions at various Midrashot and served as the Jewish Studies Principal of Instituto Yavne, one of the main Jewish day schools of Montevideo, Uruguay. She also runs a Chiropractic practice specializing in Women’s Health in Gush Etzion and is a Hip-Hop dance teacher.