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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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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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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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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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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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I would think that R Shlomo Zalman would probably not allow one to use a modern-day computer on chol hamoed; a computer constantly saves and re-writes information. However, if this problem is avoided and you are solely concerned about saving browsing information, shut that mode off and use incognito browsing.


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In an analogous case (where three scrolls are used, one for the first six aliyos, another for the seventh, then kadish, then the third scroll for maftir), the Shaare Efrayim (10:12) says one "need not" ("א״צ") put the first scroll near the second and third when saying kadish. He sort-of implies that the same is true in your case of chol hamoed Pesach (since ...


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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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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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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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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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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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The Shulchan Aruch in Orach Chaim in סימן תקמד - דין צרכי רבים בחל המועד says: א צָרְכֵי רַבִּים מֻתָּר לַעֲשׂוֹתָהּ בְּחֹל הַמּוֹעֵד, כְּגוֹן לְתַקֵּן הַדְּרָכִים וּלְהָסִיר מֵהֶם הַמִּכְשׁוֹלוֹת; וּלְצַיֵּן הַקְּבָרוֹת כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּזָּהֲרוּ מֵהֶם הַכֹּהֲנִים; וּלְתַקֵּן הַמִּקְוָאוֹת. הגה: וְדַוְקָא צָרְכֵי רַבִּים כָּאֵלּוּ, שֶׁהֵם צְרִיכִים ...


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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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