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    Sukkah blessing – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. When I light Shabbat candles I make a blessing. Why is there no b’rachah when I make my sukkah?

    A. The question is what the mitzvah is.

    In regard to the candles the mitzvah is to light them, so a b’rachah is necessary (however, the person or factory that makes the candles does not say a b’rachah).

    With regard to Sukkot, the mitzvah is to dwell in the sukkah, and for that there is a b’rachah.

    True, no-one can dwell in a sukkah unless and until the sukkah has been made, but making the sukkah is the preparatory stage for dwelling in it.

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