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Yeah, especially when a diaspora yom tov is adjacent to Shabbat, it sometimes feels like a long slog. I sometimes feel like I'm fighting an uphill battle because I didn't do this from birth -- it isn't a life-long routine. Here are some things that help me. (Some of these are dependent on your family and community situations, which I don't know.) Board ...


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I will start with the disclaimer that when I became religious, Yom Tov was a highlight for me, so I don't know how you will relate to what makes Yom Tov exciting for me. I am generally more of an intellectually-stimulated person, but something I found exciting about many mitzvos, but perhaps more so by Yom Tov, was understanding the meaning of the theme and ...


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The same people that went to shul at night on Shabbos went at night on Yom Tov. There are various reasons why there was no takana to say birchas me'ein sheva on Yom Tov. According to the Tur/Shulchan Orach in O'Ch 487, we don't say me'ein sheva on Pesach because it is Leil Shimurim, a protected night, so we don't need to worry about the dangers in siman 268....


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My parents were observant from before I was born, and I have been Shabbat- and Yom-Tov-observant my whole life. I can honestly say that I don't believe I have ever intentionally violated either. So no, based on one counterexample from personal testimony, for what that's worth, not everyone cheats. I do find that observance of Shabbat and Yom Tov, especially ...


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This Star-K article by Rabbi Tzvi Rosen says: Although induction cooking offers a koshering benefit, the cooktop cannot be used on Shabbos or Yom Yov because the cooking connection is made once the pot is put onto the coil area. Similarly, one would not be able to remove the pot from the cooktop on Shabbos or Yom Tov because one would be “disconnecting” ...


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Yes, Shloshim is cancelled if Shiva ended before the holiday started. ShA YD 399:3


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I sympathize with your story, but let's focus on the questions you stated: Does everyone actually cheat? Absolutely not. Most people who keep Yom Tov follow the normative Halacha. Why don't you hear other complainers? Try looking harder, as there are people willing to complain about anything and everything ; ) What do people actually do? They learn how to ...


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Google is your friend! The COR, Chabad, the OU, and the Star-K say you can light a burner from a pilot light on yom tov.


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The idea of Shabbos originated at Ma'asei Bereishis. (Creation). The Jews accepted the Shabbos 2448 years later. The Shmoneh Esrei (actually, the Amidah) of each tefillah represents a different approach to Shabbos. A. Ma'ariv refers to haShem's Creation; therefore, it starts "Atta Kidashta" this is like a heading. then we go on to say " ... Tachlis... ...


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As DanF already answered, the Torah only commands us to go for the 3 festivals. However, if you look in the Mishna in Yoma, 7:2, and its commentators, you will learn that there were people who attended the Yom Kippur services in the Bet HaMikdash - and that it was a Mitzva to do so. Mishna: הָרוֹאֶה כֹהֵן גָּדוֹל כְּשֶׁהוּא קוֹרֵא, אֵינוֹ רוֹאֶה פַר ...


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In brief, no, this is not permissible. Two issues: 1 - See here regarding the problem of bleeding and causing a wound on Shabbat. Some say it is a prohibition of shochet - slaughtering. Others say this is a prohibition of dosh b/c blood is "extracted" from blood vessels and capillaries. The article does specifically mention giving a blood test on Shabbat, ...


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On Yom Kippur, there is a special rule concerning meal preparation. But apart from this all is identical to Shabbat. Megila mishna 1, 5: אֵין בֵּין שַׁבָּת לְיוֹם הַכִּפּוּרִים אֶלָּא שֶׁזֶּה זְדוֹנוֹ בִּידֵי אָדָם וְזֶה זְדוֹנוֹ בְּכָרֵת : ‏ There is no difference between sabbath and the day of atonement save only that the deliberate violation of ...


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B"H, I have solved my problem. I will post my experience here in case it could help anyone else. It turns out that what was making Yom Tov impossible for me was the fact that I lived alone and spent most of the time alone, except for going out to shul and perhaps one seudah a day. I would not recommend this to anyone. If you have ever tried it--please don'...


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Regarding Shabbat: In the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch סימן סח - דין תפלת הדרך ושאר דברים שצריכין לזהר בדרך it says: סעיף י"ב: מִי שֶׁהוּא בְּיוֹם שַׁבָּת קֹדֶשׁ בַּדֶּרֶךְ בַּמָּלוֹן וְיֵשׁ לוֹ מָעוֹת, אִם יָכוֹל לְהַפְקִידָן אוֹ לְהַצְנִיעָן, אָסוּר לְהַחֲזִיקָן בְּכִיסוֹ, שֶׁהֲרֵי הֵם מֻקְצֶה. וְאִם מִתְיָרֵא שֶׁמָּא יִגְנְבוּן מִמֶּנּוּ, יִתְפְּרֵן ...


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Tosefos to Beitza 2b s.v. והיה suggests that whether or not manna fell on Yom Tov is a dispute between conflicting midrashim. One medrash says: ויברך ויקדש ברכו במן וקדשו במן שבשבת לא היה יורד מן אבל בי"ט היה יורד "and He blessed it," "and He sanctified it" - He blessed it with manna and sanctified it with manna, as on Shabbos manna did not come ...


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from Halachipedia: Tosfot (Beitzah 30a s.v. Tenan) writes that the gezerah of Chazal only applied then when they were experts in fixing musical instruments but it wouldn’t apply to us since we’re not experts in that area. The Bet Yosef 339:3 writes that the implication of all the poskim who simply copy the prohibition of the Mishna is that ...


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Yalqut Yosef states (in Se'if 5) that Simhhat Torah was not part of the Rabbinic decree (of not clapping/dancing) to safeguard against fixing tools. He states that, out of honor for the Torah, HaZa"L did not include Simhhat Torah celebrations in the decree.


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To flesh out andrewmh20's comment on the question, the Gemara (Chulin 26b) asks this and answers סדר הבדלות הוא מונה - we're giving the standard list of "divisions" mentioned in the Torah. As Rashi explains there, a division בין יום השביעי לששת ימי המעשה indeed isn't mentioned in those words in the Torah, but it is a suitable lead-in to the end of the bracha,...


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Most of his rulings are according to his Rebbe Rabbi Schacther


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As far as I know there is no requirement that says you have to keep your payoth 'looking good.' But if that is priority to you then there are two different options. If one has naturally curly hair that allows peyoth to develop naturally when drying, then on yom tov one may simply wet his hair in the morning when he gets up. For everything else, one should ...


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While there is a three way machlokes about rolling the sefer torah because of Hachana, Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach rules that he can do so if he is practicing the leining at the time that he rolls it. ROLLING THE TORAH One may not roll a sefer Torah on first day Yom Tov for the reading on second day Yom Tov (MB 667:5). When Yom Tov comes before Shabbos ...


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It's a good thing that I asked my rav this evening, and he sent me this. It says: One may not shtel the Sefer on the first day of Yom Tov for the second day, or on Shabbat for Yom Tov. Regarding preparing the Sefer on Yom Tov for leinen on Shabbat, there are three opinions: Some forbid it even if one has made an Eruv tavshilin; others only allow it ...


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UPDATE I removed the reference to the haftarah as it is not analogous to the megillah. However that discussion is found at Reading the Haftorah From Printed Materials However, I have found references that speak of the other for megillos Megillas Esther has the requirements of reading from a klaf as part of the mitzvah and one would not fulfill the mitzvah ...


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In siman 512 the allowance given by the Mechaber is to cook for one's servant maid etc or a no-Jew who comes himself. Mishna Berurah explains that the only time we have the concern of coming to cook specifically for a non-Jew is when they were important enough to invite. In that case we are afraid one may accidentally come to cook specifically for them ...


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i don't think there is an ideal answer for you, because you are basically saying "it's too hard for me, so i can't do it." And to certain Jewish groups, they would view this kind of statement as some sort of laziness, or lack of faith, rather than trying to respond to something very legitimate that a person is explaining. And so answers of "try harder" or "...


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Okay, I will share the one thing that has sorta-kinda worked for me...to plan reading marathons with massive goals for the 2-3 days of Yom Tov. That way I don't feel like Yom Tov is חס לי a total waste, and I can take my frustrations out on the books. To anyone in the same boat as me: try this.


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This actually can be answered by logic. On Yom Tov one is allowed to light a candle from an existing flame. As a result, one would light the candle at home upon returning there. Since one would do this at once, the light of the candles would now be used and be yotzei lighting the candles. For example Thus, if one eats out, one can light the Yom Tov candles ...


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The Art Scroll 51b2 and 52a1 explains that this is in a case in which the second day of Yom Tov was still a local custom. That is, it depended on where the messengers reached to determine which communities had a second day of Yom Tov. Because Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur caused the travel time to be curtailed in Tishrei, some communities had a second day of ...


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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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I received the following answer from the Star-K but it doesn't include detailed sources: The way this system works is that, when you open a faucet, hot water exits the tank. Cold water enters the tank in order to replace the hot water which has exited. The system recognizes the change in temperature in the tank, and activates the tankless heater. ...



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