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Kids Eating Out of the Sukkah?

Question for the rabbi: We are traveling and my children are hungry. Can I feed them lunch outside of the sukkah? Full Story

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BS”D but of course let the kid starve

The Rabbi did not answer the specific question
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The Rabbi did not answer the specific question

The answer is that someone who is traveling (while actually traveling or even while stopping at a rest stop) is not obligated to sit in a sukkah. Accordingly, a parent, even a father, may feed a son outside the sukkah. The father may also eat out of the sukkah. Minhag chassidus is not to eat out of the sukkah even while traveling, but for a young boy there is little reason to impose a minhag chassidus and make him go hungry and thereby foster in the child a resentment for the yom tov.

One Point missing
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One Point missing

Holchai B’drochim Potur min hasuka

One point not discussed is the law of a traveler is not obligated in succa. While chabad is more machmeir even “on the way”. Do we impose this on children?

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You totally missed the point,as a rabbi one must,and I repeat must know to whom and what situation your answering,it’s always easy to say no,but that’s not what rabbis are for,hatzlacha rabbi Kaplan

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Wondrous response

It is forbbiden to withhold kosher food from child for the sake of a rabbinic enactment, therefore one most feed them before kiddush and on a fast day if they are hungry and want to eat (Shulchon Aruch Harav the laws of shabas 343/7). If eating in a sukkah will cause a child to fast(as is the case of traveler’s), I don’t see how the father can force his child to wait.

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