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Used specifically for questions that are generally about Jewish holidays on which activity is heavily restricted (first and last days of Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, first day(s) of Sukkot, and Shemini Ateret). But use [chagim-holidays] for questions about Jewish holidays in more generality; a specific-holiday tag for questions about any one holiday; and [shabbat] for questions that apply equally to Shabbat and holidays.

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The Torah uses two different terms for "work," מלאכה and עבודה. In the case of Shabbos, the Torah consistently says that no מלאכה may be done on it (Ex. 20:9, 31:14-15, 35:2; Lev. 23:3; Deut. 5:13). B …
answered Feb 16 '12 by Alex
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The Gemara (Shabbos 150a) points out that we are restricted on Shabbos ממצוא חפצך, from looking after our personal business affairs - but that this implies that חפצי שמים מותרין, Divine business affai …
answered Jul 6 '11 by Alex
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Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 527:22) says that you should make the following declaration when making an Eruv on the first day of Yom Tov: "If today is a Yom Tov, then I don't need an Eruv [because tom …
answered Sep 29 '10 by Alex
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On a Biblical level you'd be allowed to cook on a Yom Tov even for a weekday, so long as there is enough time left in the day that you'd actually be able to eat the dishes you're preparing, if you're …
answered Sep 12 '10 by Alex
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There is a dispute in Beitzah 20b whether voluntary offerings can be brought on Yom Tov, but the final halachah is that they cannot; the only private korbanos that can be brought on that day are the o …
answered Apr 9 '12 by Alex
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The first five chapters of Tehillim (95-99) that we say at the beginning of Kabbalas Shabbos correspond to the first five days of the week. So when Yom Tov or Chol Hamoed coincides with Shabbos, it is …
answered Apr 24 '11 by Alex
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Levush (Orach Chaim 488:1) says that we start with הא-ל בתעצומות on Yom Tov, because all of them are "in remembrance of the Exodus from Egypt," when Hashem displayed His mighty power. He also says (ib …
answered Oct 5 '11 by Alex
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The Torah spells out (Lev. 23:32) that Yom Kippur begins בתשעה לחדש בערב, in the evening of 9 Tishrei, and that it runs מערב עד ערב, from evening to evening. As explained by the Gemara, Rosh Hashanah …
answered Apr 27 '11 by Alex
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Amman has never been under Jewish rulership (it was the capital of the Ammonite kingdom). By contrast, Eilat (or neighboring Etzion Gever) was controlled by Shlomo (I Kings 9:26), Yehoshafat (ibid. 22 …
answered Jul 29 '11 by Alex
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The reason we have double parshiyos in the first place is in order to satisfy the four basic rules (given in Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 428:4) about the distribution of parshiyos throughout the year. …
answered Apr 6 '12 by Alex
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Maybe because "Yom Tov" just sounds like too generic a name? There are, after all, several other masechtos that discuss, and/or are named for, specific Yamim Tovim.
answered Apr 27 '10 by Alex