Purim is a Jewish holiday - however, unlike other holidays almost everything is permitted granted it's in the "spirit" of the holiday.

With that being said is physical exercise permitted on Purim?


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The Shmirat Shabbat K'hilchata rules that you can do physical exercises on Shabat - so it follows kal ve'chomer that you can exercise on Purim.

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    Whooops. I had checked this and posted the results here. The Shmirat Shabbat Kehilchata writes the exact contrary of what you state. He writes (vol 1, p. 158) "One should not, as a rule, perform physical exercises on Shabbat or Yom Tov, whether with or without the use of an instrument designed for strengthening muscle"
    – mbloch
    Mar 24, 2016 at 6:27
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    You should add the exact citation and quote what it says specifically. Mar 24, 2016 at 19:16
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    Besides what the previous commenters wrote, I don't understand the kal vachomer argument. The question asked whether it's forbidden as being not "in the 'spirit' of" Purim. How does something being permitted on Shabas imply a fortiori that it's in the spirit of Purim? For example, eating is permitted on Shabas but not in the spirit of tzom G'dalya.
    – msh210
    Mar 24, 2016 at 20:02

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