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Section: Halacha   Category: Succos
Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach: Succah Hopping - Do You Say Laishaiv BaSuccah?

The Din of the gemara requires you to make the bracha of Laishaiv BaSuccah for any activity done in the succah including eating, sleeping, learning or even just hanging out. Our minhag says the Shulchan Aruch is to only make the bracha when we eat a shiur of bread or mezonos. The Mishna Berura (639:48) explains that we use food as the catalyst for the bracha which encompasses all other activity. Therefore if you are fasting and not eating you must make a bracha even without eating. This is also the opinion of the Chayei Adam. The Maamar Mordechai disagrees and says we do not make a Laishaiv BaSuccah for anything other than eating.

Another point of contention between the two would be if you visit your friend in his succah and do not eat. Do you make a laishaiv BaSuccah or not? Rav Shlomo Zalman says that although the Halacha should be that you make the bracha even without eating like the Chayei Adam, since it is questionable if your main intention is to see your friend or to sit in the succah you should preferably eat a mezonos and then say the bracha. Even if you do not eat the necessary amount to require a bracha achrona it is still sufficient. If however it is clear that you are only visiting him because he is in the succah and you wouldn't visit him otherwise, than the bracha can be made without eating any food.

Other poskim like the Vilna Gaon and the Chazon Ish hold that one should make the bracha for any other activity in the succah as well.

Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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