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The Talmud (Arachin 10) asks this question. It answers that since each day of Sukkot has its own unique Korban Musaf (the number of bulls changes each day, cf Numbers 29) then in a certain way each day is its own holiday with its own Hallel, unlike Pesach which has the same Korban Musaf every day (Numbers 28:24) for which one Hallel suffices. See here where ...


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Rav David Sperling, in an article on the Nishmat website, writes as follows: ...the Eshel Avraham (Buchatch, 539) states that one need not employ any tactics, even simple ones, to avoid having to perform work that is a davar ha'aved on the festival. Accordingly one would not have to use their vacation option to avoid working on the festival. It ...


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Not writing on Chol Hamo'ed is a formal prohibition, the original source of which is Mo'ed Kattan 18b, in the Mishna at the bottom of the page. Writing is considered a skilled craft (meleches uman) and is therefore prohibited on Chol Hamo'ed. The Shulchan Aruch codifies this halacha in Orach Chaim 545:1. The reason that only some people don't write is ...


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Mishnah Berurah (Orahh Hayim, Siman 644, Se'if Qatan 4) states (my translation): וכן כל שמונת ימי החג ולא הוי דחול המועד פסח דמדלגין משום דבסוכות כל יום חשוב כיום טוב בפני עצמו, כיון שחלוק קרבנותיו מיום שלפניו And thus all eight days of the festival And therefore unlike Hol HaMo'ed Pesahh during which we skip [certain passages of Hallel]; ...


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I can pass along this bit of halacha (I will add bold for the relevant part) which I got in my email: Every day of Chol Hamoed we add ya'aleh v'yovo in Shemone Esrei and bentching. In Shemone Esrei it is added in the beracha of Retzei before the words v'sechezena eineinu. In bentching it is added in the beracha of Rachem before the words u'vnei ...


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Very nice and complete answer here from Rabbi Ari N. Enkin In a nutshell The first reason is related to the Mussaf liturgy. According to nusach sefard and sefardi, the Mussaf Kedusha opens with the words “keter yitnu lecha” (“We crown you, our Lord…”) referring to the teaching that the Jewish people, along with the angels, crown God as King of the world. ...


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There are important elections now in Baltimore, and the local Rabbonim are encouraging voting on Chol Hamoed (if one wasn't able to utilize early voting, obviously) due to it being a tzorech for the community and other reasons.


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For what it's worth, I once asked my rabbi whether I should wear tefillin on Chol HaMoed. His opinion was that those who do not don tefillin on Chol HaMoed are doing the wrong thing, though they should be put on without a berakha. He mentioned that if I would be davening in a place where nobody puts on tefillin (like most minyanim in Israel, as many of the ...


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Here is a quote from the commentary section in my Nusach Ashkenaz Artscroll Siddur: Tefillin on Chol HaMoed There are three different customs (all halachically valid) regarding the wearing of tefillin on Chol HaMoed: a) Tefillin are worn but the blessings usually recited upon donning them are omitted (Taz to O.C 31:2). b) Tefillin are worn ...


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I asked my LOR this exact question as we were going away for Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, and rain was expected, and I wanted to protect the schach. He answered that it was not permissible to take down the Sukkah. It had to be left up until after Simchat Torah. It was permissible to take down sukkah decorations, tables, chairs, lights, etc., but the ...


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R' Hirsch in Horeb, ch. 100 para. 638 (p. 487 in the Dayan Grunfeld translation), writes regarding Rosh Chodesh and Chol Hamo'ed: These are days which have their special significance in the Musaf sacrifice, but which are otherwise characterized by the usual activities of life. In the Musaf sacrifice, the life-concept of the people, which finds its usual ...


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Along the lines of what has been noted in the comments, the Yaaleh V'Yavo prayer is included in the blessing whose theme most closely matches that of the prayer itself. In the Yom Tov service, the middle blessing is devoted to the sanctity of the holiday itself which is directly relevant to the holiday-theme of Yaaleh V'yavo. However, on chol hamoed, when ...



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