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Brooklyn, NY - Kids Toy Becomes a Kosher Succah in Borough Park (photos)

Published on: September 30, 2012 11:01 AM
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Yonasan Schwartz, the owner of Toys to Discover on top of the ladder building the Succah from Clicks. Credit: Heshy Rubinstein/Dee VochYonasan Schwartz, the owner of Toys to Discover on top of the ladder building the Succah from Clicks. Credit: Heshy Rubinstein/Dee Voch

Brooklyn, NY - While the first perek of Mishna Succah describes some rather unusual succahs, one Borough Park resident has constructed a unique succah unlike anything described in the mishna.  Yonasan Schwartz, the owner of Toys to Discover, has created a kosher succah built out of Clics, plastic Belgian building blocks that consists of colorful interlocking pieces that snap together.

Schwartz created the six foot by eight foot succah by covering a wooden frame with the plastic pieces and then screwed panels made of Clics onto the frame.  Three of the colorful panels are full walls with words interwoven into the design.  The fourth side of the succah consists of two smaller walls with an opening in the middle and the succah is covered with a kosher schach mat.

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Photos - Video below of the Clicks Succah. Credit: Heshy Rubinstein/Dee Voch

The idea for the Succah came to Schwartz on Yom Kippur and he admits that his wife was more than a little skeptical when he shared his plan with her.

“My wife laughed and told me I was crazy, saying ‘How are you going to do that?’” Schwartz told VIN News.

In fact, it was neighborhood children who came to Schwartz’s rescue.

“There must have been fifty neighborhood kids who stopped to help me,” said Schwartz.  “Jews, Non Jews,...cars just stopped and kids came to help me.

I had kids laying on the ground in front of my store putting the pieces together.  Mothers were so happy to have an activity for their kids that they jokingly offered to pay me for keeping their kids busy.”

Schwartz admits that weaving words into the walls of the succah was beyond his capabilities.

“To be honest, I started doing but I just gave up.  Two or three kids came and they did the writing.  I just couldn’t do it.”

The inside of the succah, which is located on 18th Avenue between 55th and 56th Streets, boasts succah decorations and a table and chairs, all made out of Clics.  Mitzvah Kinder playing the part of the Ushpizin complete the decor.

Schwartz estimates that the succah contains between twenty five to thirty thousand Clics.  With a retail price of $100 for one hundred of the plastic pieces, the succah is not only functional but valuable as well and he plans on wheeling the succah inside his store every night. The schach will be removed and replaced daily in order to ensure the kashrus of the succah.

The store owner, who has been doing a twice daily rocket and confetti show during Chol Hamoed in order to provide simchas yom tov for local children, hopes that the novel succah, which will be on display during Chol Hamoed from 11 AM until dusk, will be enjoyed by community residents.  Schwartz is already thinking ahead to next year’s succah which he hopes will be considerably larger in size.


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 Sep 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Mi kamocha yisroel....I checked and this will clearly make it in the Guinessky book of records as the largest kosher suchah made of lego blocks.

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 11:23 AM Sherree Says:

Kol Hakovod, what a wonderful neighborhood project.

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM YoelMechanic Says:

Great idea. I would like to know how much it cost. (in case I wish to use the idea)

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM shredready Says:

nice

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM Pereles Says:

zees!

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 01:55 PM Brooklyn mom Says:

He just made a new customer--me.

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM I wonder Says:

will he leave it there over yom tov? Someone might take it apart.

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 02:20 PM aleph Says:

Sorry, make that $25,500 to 30,000.

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM shamshin Says:

COOL!!

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 05:06 PM amazing Says:

wow! probably the most expensive sukkah in the world! is he going to repackage all those clics?!

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 04:51 PM smartguy123 Says:

Toys To Discover is allways unique and origional and this succah tops it all!!!

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 04:34 PM joseph Says:

It's muktza. You are not allowed to move a Succa on Succos.

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM YUSSI Says:

what a kidish hasm

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 Sep 30, 2012 at 05:30 PM TrueGuy Says:

GR8 Idea....!!! Toys 4 U will have to come up woth a better idea how to catch publicity now....

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 Oct 02, 2012 at 03:52 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
joseph Says:

It's muktza. You are not allowed to move a Succa on Succos.

It does say in the article that he's going to wheel it inside of the store every night, so he's obviously going to move it into his store before YT starts and take it out during Chol HaMoed. For something that valuable, he's not going to leave it on the street.

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 Oct 02, 2012 at 08:52 AM The-Macher Says:

Reb Yonason always knows how to mesameach Yidden of all ages. I hope this brings him a por milyon of new business.

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 Oct 02, 2012 at 10:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Just asking. How is this a kosher sukkah ? You need at least 3 sides starting within 3 tefochim (about 10 inches) from the ground. The 2 longer walls start obviously higher.

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 Oct 02, 2012 at 11:04 PM Anonymous Says:

By the way the retail price is $100 for one thousand pieces, not one hundred.

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 Oct 02, 2012 at 11:26 PM Debby Says:

I believe the price mentioned is a typo error the price for 1000 CLICS is $100. (not 100 pcs for $100) please confirm.
btw it's the best toy. keeps kids really busy all shabbos long! and guess what I get to nap!

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