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But the sefer, Harirai Kedem, points out that according to the explanation mentioned above that the shaking of the sechach that was originally attached to a tree must be done lishmah (according to the Rambam and the Rif), then according to Rabbeinu Tam’s view women would not be allowed to shake the sechach lishmah. Since this act of shaking is an act that is essential to the lishmah of the sukkah, women who are exempt from the mitzvah may not perform it. The Gemara that says that a sukkah erected by a woman is fit for use is referring to a sukkah that initially was made for the purpose of providing shade and therefore does not require lishmah. Hence, even though it was built by a woman, it is fit for use.

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Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.