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Rabbi Cohen addresses it in his Dose of Halacha (the article you quoted in the question!). After discussing whether one may type, etc. on Chol Hamoed, he writes: While the Acharonim don’t discuss playing computer games, it seems that it should be muttar as, like driving to an outing, it can be considered relevant to the Chag and no Issur is involved.


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One way to understand this is that the restrictions are Rabbinic (Tosfos, Maggid Mishna to the Rambam Shvisas Yom Tov 7:1 and others), and they built-in this exception. Rabbinic decrees often have such trap doors in order to ensure that they are manageable by the people. Another is that while the prohibition is Biblical (Rashi and many more), the exact ...


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Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Zatzal says that it is permitted to purchase a car on Chol Hamoed if he is afraid that after Yom Tov he will not find such a quality car or the price will change. מותר לקנות מכונית וכד' אם יש חשש שאחרי החג לא ימצא כמוה בטיב או במחיר (שו"ע תקלט סע' ה).


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Dose of Halacha bring sources that allow it and those that forbid it based on different reason than mentioned above: Whether printing from a computer is considered ma'aseh hedyot or ma'aseh uman is the source of much debate. The dilemma is that while certainly nowadays typing requires less skill than writing (see Chol Hamoed Kehilchaso 6:89), nonetheless ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch says in סימן קו - דיני מקח וממכר בחל המועד: סעיף ג': אִם חַל יָרִיד, שֶׁהוּא יוֹם הַשּׁוּק הַבָּא לִפְרָקִים, אוֹ יוֹם הַשּׁוּק שֶׁבְּכָל שָׁבוּעַ, אֶלָּא שֶׁעַתָּה הוּא קוֹדֵם הַחֲגָאוֹת שֶׁמִּתְאַסְּפִין קוֹנִים הַרְבֵּה, מֻתָּר לִמְכֹּר דְּכֵיוָן שֶׁהוּא דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ תָּדִיר חַשְׁבִינָן גַּם מְנִיעַת הָרֶוַח כְּמוֹ ...


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See heWikipedia which records the types of permitted work on Chol Hamoed: צרכי אוכל נפש: preparation of food for the moed days. שאר צורכי המועד: other things needed for the moed. מלאכת דבר האבד: work where a loss (not, I learnt, a lack of profit) would be incurred by not doing it. מלאכה לצורך מצווה: work needed to perform a mitzvah. ...


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The Gemara in Shabbat 117b (bottom of the daf) brings an argument between the Sages and Rabbi Chidka on how many meals one must eat on Shabbat. The Sages say 3 - 1 at night and 2 in the day; R' Chidka says 4 - 1 at night and 3 in the day. The halacha is like the Sages, but either way, we see that we need one at night. ת"ר כמה סעודות חייב אדם לאכול בשבת ...


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From http://www.darchenoam.org/working-on-chol-hamoed-sources-status-nature-and-rules/ The Halakhot The the laws of Chol Hamoed are unique among the Torah’s work prohibitions. The default work prohibition includes the 39 forms of forbidden work. On Shabbat and Yom Kippur all 39 forms of forbidden work (the 39 melakhot) are prohibited. On the Yamim ...


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To Q1: The source is the mishna in Ovos 3 (11) רבי אלעזר המודעי אומר, המחלל את הקדשים, והמבזה את המועדות, והמלבין פני חברו ברבים , והמפר בריתו של אברהם אבינו עליו השלום, והמגלה פנים בתורה שלא כהלכה, אף על פי שיש בידו תורה ומעשים טובים, אין לו חלק לעולם הבא. (משנה, מסכת אבות ג יא) Darche Noam writes Viewing Chol Hamoed as a sanctified day of ...


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Perhaps one may suggest the following. Simply speaking, chesron mammon is an actual loss of money, as opposed to losing out on potential gain, as the gemaras in Moed Katan (2b, 3a, see there) seem to imply. The Torah only forbade work that has a halachic name of "melacha" (the 39 of shabos etc.) with the exclusion of techumim, crossing the line of permitted ...



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