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Mishnayos Sukkah Perek 3 Mishnah 3

סוכה פרק ג׳ משנה ג׳


A willow branch that was stolen or is completely dry is unfit. One from a tree worshipped as idolatry [asheira] or from a city whose residents were incited to idolatry is unfit. If the top was severed, or its leaves were severed, or if it is the tzaftzafa, a species similar to, but not actually a willow, it is unfit. However, a willow branch that is slightly dried, and one that a minority of its leaves fell, and a branch from a willow that does not grow by the river, but instead is from a non-irrigated field, is fit.

עֲרָבָה גְזוּלָה וִיבֵשָׁה, פְּסוּלָה. שֶׁל אֲשֵׁרָה וְשֶׁל עִיר הַנִּדַּחַת, פְּסוּלָה. נִקְטַם רֹאשָׁהּ, נִפְרְצוּ עָלֶיהָ, וְהַצַּפְצָפָה, פְּסוּלָה. כְּמוּשָׁה, וְשֶׁנָּשְׁרוּ מִקְצָת עָלֶיהָ, וְשֶׁל בַּעַל, כְּשֵׁרָה:


נקטם ראשה פסולה – even this is not the Halakha.

צפצפה – a kind of willow where its leaf is round,.

ושל בעל – where it grew in the field but not in a brook, it is valid. The words “willows of the brook” (Leviticus 23:40) were not said other than the fact that the Bible speaks in terms of words that are current.

נקטם ראשה פסולה. אף זו אינה הלכה:

צפצפה. מין ערבה ועלה שלה עגול:

ושל בעל. שגדלה בשדה ולא בנחל, כשרה. לא נאמר ערבי נחל אלא שדבר הכתוב בהווה: