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According to R. Yosef Karo's uncle, R. Yitzchak Karo, the Sephardic practice prior to the Zohar was like the Rosh, to wear tefilin with a bracha (quoted in שו"ת בית יוסף, תש"כ, עמ' שפה). The Beit Yosef (או"ח סי' לא) cites the Rashba in addition to the Zohar, as the source for the change in Sephardic practice. It isn't clear what Sephardic practice was prior ...


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The Ba'al Halochos Gedolos (a Gaon) is quoted as being of the opinion that Tefilin should not be worn on Chol Hamoed (I don't know off hand if that is found in the surviving versions of Halachos Gedolos, but it is quoted in Tosfos, referenced in the comments). So clearly (according to Tosphos) it is a practice that goes back to that time, different in ...


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Sh'miras Shabas K'hilchasah, chapter 66, paragraph 58 and footnote 224, discusses riding in a car on a pleasure trip on chol hamoed, as follows. Rav Sh'lomo Zalman Auerbach suggests that it may be permissible even if one can walk, because the m'lacha involved in riding in a car is hav'ara, burning [gasoline], which is permitted on chol hamoed; but he's ...


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See Shevat HaLevi Chelek 6 Siman 68 at the end where he addresses this question. He brings those that are machmir however he says the pashtus from the gemorah (shulchan aruch and poskim) that carrying on chol hamoed is muter even without any essential need to carry.


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That depends on how we Pasken. It seems from the Gemera in Chagiga 18a that it's a Biblical prohibition to do [certain] work on Chol HaMo'ed. The Gamara brings about half a dozen verses to prove that. But Rashi and Tosafot already argue as to whether it's really Biblical or Rabbinic [with a Asmachta (hint) on the Torah].


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IIRC it's the text shmiras shabbos kehilchasa that allows you to use an ordinary plunger -- but not a professional-grade one -- to plunge a clogged toilet even on shabbos. So you'd certainly be allowed to do so on Chol HaMoed. As for using a professional-grade plunger ... I don't have a source.


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I phoned a rabbi — probably one of the top ten rabbis in my city (a North American city of three million people). He's a charedi Ashkenazi rabbi. He said I can unblock it using a plunger, since it's unskillful work.


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Not unlike Yom Tov, Melacha is forbidden on Chol Hamoed with certain exceptions. The opening line of the Shulchan Aruch's discussing these laws is (Shulchan Aruch OC 530): חול המועד אסור בקצת מלאכות ומותר במקצתן Chol Hamoed is forbidden in some labors and permitted in some of them. Violating these Melachot would constitute violating Chol Hamoed.


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As you your self postulate, you cannot bring a proof from a missing clause in a Mishna, as we have the rule of תנא ושייר - a Tana can leave out cases. (Typically followed up with מאי שייר דהאי שייר שייר - what esle did you leave out, as there's always more than one clause left out, if somethig is left out.) By the way: The Gemara in חגיגה on .דף יח seems ...


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The source is a zohar in Shir Hashirim Chapter 8. When I looked it up it seemed to me that he wasn't recording normative practice but innovating based on his contemporary the Arizal. That would also explain why so many ashkenazim don't wear tefillin on chol hamoed but litvaks and yekkes who were less influenced by chassidus and hence by the Arizal still do.


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Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef rules (Yechavveh Da'at 5:37) that she should not repeat it, but must recite the entire 19 blessings including Ya'aleh veYavo that she should have said to begin with. He reasons that since Chazal enacted to recite a full 19-blessing-prayer on Chol haMoed, one does not fulfill one's obligation with only 7 blessings. Thus the initial ...



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