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Succah Decorations That Were Made For Non Jewish Holidays
If a decoration was manufactured specifically for a Non Jewish Holiday may one use it to decorate their Succah? The Chassam Sofer (OC 42) says it is permissible since we it is Hazmana B'Alma, merely preparation to use for the non Jewish purpose and even for avodah zara preparation does not make the item forbidden. Additionally the sale of the item is considered a bitul or nullification of the intent of avodah zara. Lastly it was not intended to be avodah zara or to serve the avodah zara it is only decorative.
The Shevet Halevi (2:10) says that even if it is written on the box that it is made for the Non Jewish Holiday it is permissible. Above what the Chassam Sofer says he adds that since it was made by a machine and not a person, a machine cannot have intentions for avodah zara. (Moadim L'Simcha)
While most poskim do not have any objections the Halichos V'Hanhagos says that Rav Elyashiv holds it is a "Davar Michuar" it is ugly to bring these decorations into the Succah although it does not say that it is assur.
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