Since hav'arah (i.e. sparking a new fire) is only de-rabbanan on yom tov (according to some opinions), should there be more halakhic leeway for driving to obtain medical care on a holiday (not on Shabbath)?

Why or why not? Please cite your sources.

  • Havarah is only derabbanan on Yom Tov? News to me. Oct 18, 2015 at 0:00
  • @Micha Berger - Well, maybe you should get out more. The nature of the prohibition is, at the very least, debated by the poseqim. See the discussions of this point on ein mossi'in. And, from my own persepctive, it seems that the Rambam holds that it is a shevuth. The Raavad argues that it is an actual melakhah of molid. Shavua` tov.
    – user3342
    Oct 18, 2015 at 1:57
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    judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/20430/… Why would you think driving would be prohibited for a ChShEBS?
    – Double AA
    Oct 18, 2015 at 3:49
  • Re "hav'arah (i.e. sparking a new fire)": Hav'ara is mutar for tzorech yom tov AFAIK; the prohibition on a new fire is not hav'ara but molid (which, as you note, is d'rabanan). I may well be mistaken, though.
    – msh210
    Oct 18, 2015 at 4:20
  • Havarah, molid, whatever. Using one word over the other already implies a position.
    – user3342
    Oct 18, 2015 at 4:57


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