Shabbos Bulletin Sukkos 5778

Tefilla Halacha

Making a new “layshayv baSukkah” when going to a friend’s Sukkah is quite complicated. There are many opinions (including Rav Moshe Feinstein and Rav Shlomo Zalmon Aurbach) that a berachah should be made even if nothing is eaten (according to all shittos). Others argue.

That is without a previous berachah in one’s own Sukkah.

If one goes from his Sukkah to a friend’s Sukkah, there is an entirely different shaylah of making a new berachah.

If one had in mind that he would be going when he made his original berachah, MB rules not to make a new berachah.

If he did not have this in mind:

  • MB seems to rule to avoid that situation
  • Rav Elyashiv ruled no berachah
  • Shevet HaLevi ruled to make a berachah
  • If Rav Malinowitz were forced to rule, he would rule to make a berachah.

Lema’aseh, Rav Malinowitz says to read over the first paragraph. And so if you go a friend’s sukkah after making a “layshayv baSukkah” in your own sukkah without any particular thought of going to this new sukkah:

  • If you eat a shiur of mezonos which requires a berachah in a Sukkah, make a new berachah.
  • If you don’t eat a shiur of mezonos, then don’t make a new berachah.