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What Needs To Be Eaten In The Sukkah?

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1. Under what circumstances would one need to recite Lishev BaSukkah throughout sukkot?

2. What does one need to eat in the sukkah?


Mezonot foods (pat habaah bekisnin — such as cookies, crackers, sweet breads, and cakes, or any dish made from the five grains) must be eaten inside a sukkah if one is eating more than a kebetzah (around 54 grams for Sefardim). [It's good to note, when in middle of a meal one may not eat or drink anything outside of the sukkah or even walk out of the sukkah with something in one's mouth (See Gemara, Sukkah 28b; Chazon Ovadia, Sukkot, Pg. 145)]

However, a Lishev BaSukkah is only recited if one will eat at least 162 grams of Mezonot. Preferably, one should eat 216 grams.[1] Ashkenazim, however, have the custom to recite a Lishev BaSukkah even when eating mezonot that is less than 162 grams. [2] It is praiseworthy to still eat in the sukkah regardless of the measurement of the food that one is eating.[3]

If one began eating and remembered that he did not recite a Lishev BaSukkah, he may recite the berachah when he remembers. One may still recite the berachah even if he will not be eating a kebetzah of bread afterward, since as long as one will be eating or even drinking items that are part of his meal, a berachah may still be recited. However, once one has finished his meal and has no intention to eat or drink anymore, a Lishev BaSukkah may no longer be recited for that meal.[4]


[1]. Chayim Shaal 1:71; Machazik Berachah §5; Ben Ish Chai, Haazinu 1:8. See Yedei Chayim, p. 93 regarding a dish that was made from the five grains. See also Kaf HaChaim §3; Chazon Ovadia, Sukkot, pages 134–137; and Yalkut Yosef, Sukkah, pages 675–679.

[2]. Mishnah Berurah 639:46–48.

[3]. Kaf HaChaim 639:38.

[4]. Ben Ish Chai, Haazinu 1:5; Chazon Ovadia, Sukkot, p. 178; Yechaveh Daat 5:48; Halichot Olam, vol. 2, p. 270; Yalkut Yosef, Sukkah, p. 695; Ohr LeTzion, vol. 4, 29:9. This is unlike the view of Kaf HaChaim §100, which implies that one may only recite another berachah if one intends to eat another kebetzah of bread afterward.

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