Most people say that you can't write on Chol Hamoed, but is it permissible to draw for pleasure as that is not considered "work"?

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    I think it depends how good you are. If it's professional level, then it would be considered maaseh uman.
    – Loewian
    Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 1:04
  • General writing is permitted if needed for the festival. Professional writing, i.e. a scribe / calligraphy is not permitted. The same with art, I guess. If you feel like drawing a nice mural for your Sukkah (ok not this festival) and it will enhance the festival and you're not professional then probably ok.
    – CashCow
    Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 10:54
  • halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Chol_HaMoed shulchanaruchharav.com/halacha/… See the sources. Especially #11 in the second link from Reb Moshe Feinstein regarding fishing for fun. It's not easily allowable to do real melacha on chol hamoed unless you will derive actual benefit from it. I know many people go apple picking and don't eat the apples, but that is more of a question on them then a proof to allow all melachos.
    – user6591
    Commented Apr 6, 2020 at 18:39

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my bother called Lakewood Bais Horah (halacha hotline) and they permitted my sister whose not an artist to paint on canvass.

  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya Yehuda! Thanks for the answer.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Apr 14, 2017 at 0:54
  • was there any reason given,like it is a maaseh hedyot?
    – sam
    Commented Sep 11, 2017 at 2:55

From https://shulchanaruchharav.com/halacha/may-children-or-adults-draw-pictures-and-make-paintings-on-chol-hamoed/

It is permitted for children or adults to draw amateur pictures, drawings, and paintings on Chol Hamoed as a fun activity for recreational and entertainment purposes. However, a professional picture or painting may not be done.

See there for the background and sources.


Shut Avnei Yashphe (1:110:2) quotes "Gaon Echad" [=R’ Elyashev z"l] that children who have reached the age of "Chinuch" should not be allowed to draw or color on Chol Hamoed.

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