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Tefillin Chol HaMoed Hefsek

The Mishnah Berurah there explicitly addresses your question. In s.k. 28 he writes: ואפילו לאותן המניחין תפילין בחוה"מ בלי ברכה או המניחין תפלין דר"ת אחר שחלץ תפלין דרש"י או שחלץ תפלין ...
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Chazan forgot Yaaleh VeYavo at Maariv Chol HaMoed

This question (in the context of forgetting morid hageshem) was posed to Rabbi Efraim Grenblatt in his sefer Rivevos Efraim (volume 1 responsum 177). Rabbi Greenblatt cites the sefer Oreach Ne'eman (...
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Can I Cut a 6-Week-Old Baby's Fingernails on Chol Hamoed?

YES, one may cut the baby's nails on chol hamoed. The explanation is: Although it is understood (see Shulchan Aruch 340; it is considered "gozez" or "shearing" which is one of the 39 melachos.) that ...
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Visiting the graves of Tzadikim on chol hamoed

There are a whole bunch of Poskim that answer this question online. Rav Eliezer Altshuler says that people go to Kivrei Tzadikim to pray, which is always allowed, and that there are different customs ...
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Tephilin during krias hatorah on the third day of Pesach

This seems to start with an idea brought by the Chok Ya'akov, although he doesn't quite describe the current practice which you mention. He writes (in 490:2) that the prevalent custom (in his day and ...
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Why is prior to creation called holy?

The same text appears in Chagigah 18a. Rashi there commments: ששת ימי בראשית - ימי כל שבוע ושבוע בין שתי שבתות הן יושבין הרי קדושה לפניהן ולאחריהן:‏ The six days of creation - Every set ...
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Can you work on Chol Ha'moed if you'll be fired otherwise?

One of the reasons permitting melacha on Chol Hamoed is davar ha-aved, the loss or damage of either money or possessions. Melacha may be done on chol hamoed to prevent a loss of this type if the ...
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Tefillin removal on chol hamoed - first day vs the other days

For those who wear tefillin on Chol Hamo'ed Sukkot, the general practice is to remove tefillin before Hallel. On Chol Hamo'ed Pesach the practice is also to remove tefillin before Hallel. (see Mishnah ...
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Writing during Chol HaMoed

Not writing on Chol Hamo'ed is a formal prohibition, the original source of which is Mo'ed Kattan 18b, in the Mishna at the bottom of the page. Writing is considered a skilled craft (meleches uman) ...
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Meat and wine on Chol HaMoed

Nemukei Orach Chaim 529:2 writes that one should have a revi'is of wine. Hilchot Chol HaMoed Zichron Shlomo (page 3; based on Sh”t Rosh 25:1), on the other hand, writes that a melo lugmav is ...
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Why do we sometimes repeat shmoneh esrei when we forget yaaleh v'yavo and sometimes not?

The Talmud in Berachot 30b explains why we do not repeat Shemoneh Esrei on Rosh Chodesh evening: אמר רב ענן אמר רב טעה ולא הזכיר של ר"ח ערבית אין מחזירין אותו לפי שאין בית דין מקדשין את החדש אלא ...
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Stock trading Chol Hamoed

Work that must be done to avoid loss or damage is permitted on Chol Hamoed (it is called davar ha-aved). As such some halachic authorities permit selling stock that you are afraid might lose value, ...
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What is Different in Birkhat Hamazon During Khol Hamoed?

Mishna Berura OC 490:5 paskens not to say the special Harachaman on Chol Hamoed. We also say Shir Hamaalos (various sources here) and Migdol as per מגן אברהם סימן קפט סק"א I'll edit in the actual ...
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Is one allowed to go to a funeral on moed?

Shulchan Aruch (OC §526:6) explicitly states: מותר ללוות המת ביום טוב ראשון תוך התחום וביום טוב שני אפילו חוץ לתחום Trans.: It is permitted to accompany the deceased on the first day of the ...
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Is one allowed to go to a funeral on moed?

Building off of @Danny's answer, it seems implicit from the Mishna in Moed Katan 3:7 that it is permitted to do so (and appears that from there the law permitting attendance of funerals on Moed is ...
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Shul segregation during chol hamoed

According to the OU regarding tefillin on chol hamoed: We should take care that we don’t have a situation where some in the congregation are wearing tefillin and others are not as this is considered ...
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Do you have to eat bread meal(s) on every day of Chol HaMoed?

I can pass along this bit of halacha (I will add bold for the relevant part) which I got in my email: Every day of Chol Hamoed we add ya'aleh v'yovo in Shemone Esrei and bentching. In Shemone Esrei ...
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Do we mention the holiday in the three faceted blessing during chol hamoed?

In general, it's a debate, whether we should mention the holiday (מעין המאורע) in the three faceted blessing or not. Rambam in Mishneh Torah Berakhot 3:13 says yes, and he seems to base his ruling on ...
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Is prohibited melacha on chol hamoed issur hanaah

R’ Wosner in Shevet Halevi 6:68 discusses this exact question. He concludes that it depends on the machlokes if the issur melocho is biblical or rabbinical. If it’s doraisa, then it would be assur to ...
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If Shavuos and Shemini Atzeres are essentially the same holiday then why are their korbanos different?

Sforno's essay kavanos haTorah prefacing the Chumash says the default korban (Rosh Chodesh, Pesach, Shavuos) is 2 bulls, 1 ram, 7 lambs: 2 bulls: two ways to approach Hashem -- ahava and yir'ah. 1 ...
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Sharpening Shechita Knife on Chol HaMoaed

Per the Rabbi at Mosdos Yodai Binah it is forbidden for one to sharpen a knife while learning about Shechita on Chol Hamoed. A Shochet who is slaughtering may sharpen his knife on Chol Hamoed. Sources:...
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Shaving on Chol Hamoed

The Tur in Orach Chaim 531 quotes Rabbeinu Tam who opines that one who shaved before the moed may shave on chol hamoed as well. The Tur strongly disagrees and seemingly all subsequent authorities were ...
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Is one allowed to vote for an election candidate during chol hamoed?

There are important elections now in Baltimore, and the local Rabbonim are encouraging voting on Chol Hamoed (if one wasn't able to utilize early voting, obviously) due to it being a tzorech for the ...
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Is Tefillin worn during the Three Weeks of Tammuz?

They are called בין המצרים is Hebrew or "the Three Weeks" in English. They are partly in Tammuz and partly in Av, so calling them "the Three Weeks of Tammuz", seems to be incorrect. I am not aware of ...
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Is one allowed to go to a funeral on moed?

There are Halachot of what one can & cannot do on Moed during a funeral, hence it is permitted. See סימן ר - דין הקבורה ביום טוב in the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch for examples. E.g.: Eulogies are ...
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Why is it called "Shabbos Chol haMoed"?

in many of the rishonim it is not referred to as shabbat chol hamoed but generally as shabbat betoch hamoed or shabbat betoch haregel because shabbat chol hamoed is indeed contradictory.
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Could there be permission to write software on Chol Hamoed?

In the "Chol Hamoed" book by R' Dovid Zucker & R' Moshe Francis, they discuss a similar question that was posed to The Debreciner Rav (Rav Moshe Stern). Rav Stern (page 195-196, teshuvah ...
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Who can we write a will for on Hol Hamoed

Bartenura: דייתיקי. מתנת שכיב מרע. ופירוש דייתיקי, דא תהא למיקם ולהיות, שדברי שכיב מרע ככתובין וכמסורין דמו.‏ A deyathiki: A gift given by a dying person. The meaning of deyathiki: 'This ...
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What is the Torah Reading for the Afternoon of Shabbat Chol Hamoed?

Basically, it is whatever the reading would have been had it been a regular shabbos, so the reading from the next parsha. The reason is that we don't read the Torah by Mincha on holidays (except Yom ...
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Did the early generations do melacha on Chol Ha'moed?

There is a major dispute in the medieval Rabbinic authorities about how to understand that Gemora. (see the Biur Halacha on Orach Chaim 530.) Some understand that the work on Chol Hamoed is ...
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