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Laws of Shabbos #71

An extension of the prohibition of building is making a tent – Ohel. One violates this prohibiton when one erects a ‘roof’ that is either permanent or temporary.

To be considered making a roof the area it covers must be at least 3.75 inches and there must be empty space underneath (as opposed to a table cloth on a table). There are distinctions made between roofs that are meant to cover people/ animals as opposed to roofs that serve a different purpose.

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