Detached platforms with detached partitions
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I'm just finished building a pergola with wooden slats (see pic) covering most of my second-story porch.
- The slats allow rain to come through but shade the area.
- As you can see, the partitions (walls) on either side of the porch are not directly under the roof. Are the plants sitting under the pergola considered detached?
Rabbi Moshe Bloom, Tammuz 5782
- Roof. Since the slats of the pergola are more than 50% material, the roof is fine. It is also permanently in place.
- Partitions The posekim deliberate the need for partitions. Those who require it allow also a fence made of netting. Even if not directly attached/under the roof, the partitions still "count." So you are good (and so are your plants!).
Note that even if there are no partitions, according to most opinions the plants are still considered detached, but to account for the various opinions, it is better to have them.