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How to have an easier time with Yom Tov?

Yeah, especially when a diaspora yom tov is adjacent to Shabbat, it sometimes feels like a long slog. I sometimes feel like I'm fighting an uphill battle because I didn't do this from birth -- it isn'...
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Why is there no havdallah when going from Yom Tov into Shabbat?

The source is the last Mishna in the first chapter of Chullin. Rav Ovadiah of Bartenura explains that indeed we only have a Havdala ceremony when moving from a higher holiness to a lower holiness, and ...
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Why is the day after yom tov referred to as isru chag?

It's based on the Gemara Sukkah top of 45b: א"ר ירמיה משום ר"ש בן יוחי ור' יוחנן משום ר"ש המחוזי משום ר' יוחנן המכותי כל העושה איסור לחג באכילה ושתיה מעלה עליו הכתוב כאילו בנה מזבח והקריב עליו קרבן ...
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How to have an easier time with Yom Tov?

I will start with the disclaimer that when I became religious, Yom Tov was a highlight for me, so I don't know how you will relate to what makes Yom Tov exciting for me. I am generally more of an ...
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Does the greeting "Good Yom Tov" contain a redundancy?

This is a matter of idiom. "Yom Tov" while literally meaning "Good Day" is the idiom for a day that is "good" because of the spiritual level of that day. Thus, when spoken as a single phrase, the ...
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Why did people not go to Shul at Yom Tov by night?

The same people that went to shul at night on Shabbos went at night on Yom Tov. There are various reasons why there was no takana to say birchas me'ein sheva on Yom Tov. According to the Tur/Shulchan ...
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Can you do late havdalah after yom tov

Maharshal (to OC 299:6) rules that Havdala after Yom Tov has no late option and must be said that night. Rabbi Akiva Eiger (ibid.) quotes opinions who rule similarly, but he disagrees and rules that ...
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How do hotels set up for the 2nd Seder?

The Maharsham (Daas Torah 444:1) and others (based on the Pri Megadim) allow instructing a gentile to perform hachanah and others allow doing so if necessary for a mitzvah, which would presumably ...
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Can Pesach Mitzvot be performed before sunset?

You cannot begin to recite Kiddush, drink 4 cups and eat matsa and maror before the night (exit of the stars, later than sunset). The time the Jews left Egypt was at night. And the korban Pesach and ...
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Why do we still stand at Vayevarech Dovid on a Shabbos and/or Yom Tov?

While the Arizal does indeed say that A) one should stand for Vayivarech David, and B) that one should give tzedakah standing during Vayivarech David, these customs are not dependent on one another. ...
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Wearing tefillin on yom tov

The Rambam (Hil. Tefilin 4:10) disagrees with you. He says: וכן שבתות וימים טובים, אינן זמן תפילין, שנאמר "והיו לך לאות" (ראה שמות יג,ט), ושבתות וימים טובים הן עצמן אות. The Rambam says clearly ...
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Picking fruit vs slaughtering on yom tov

Great question! This is part of a major machlokes rishonim in maseches beitzah. The Ran in the beginning of the 3rd chapter says that really all melachos are allowed on a Biblical level, but the ...
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Rosh hashana: is it really two days?

The reason that we keep 2 days on all festivals outside of Israel is because originally it was a doubt whether the new month had been declared, and word did not reach far enough for them to know by ...
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Use induction on Yom Tov

This Star-K article by Rabbi Tzvi Rosen says: Although induction cooking offers a koshering benefit, the cooktop cannot be used on Shabbos or Yom Yov because the cooking connection is made once the ...
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Are milchigs forbidden on Yom Tov? What about Shavuos?

The Torah mandates "simcha" on Yom Tov. The Talmud understands "simcha" to refer to eating meat and wine. Hence, the obligation to eat meat on Yom Tov. The exact parameters of this obligation are ...
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Does Yom Tov end the "Shloshim" period?

Yes, Shloshim is cancelled if Shiva ended before the holiday started. ShA YD 399:3
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How to have an easier time with Yom Tov?

My parents were observant from before I was born, and I have been Shabbat- and Yom-Tov-observant my whole life. I can honestly say that I don't believe I have ever intentionally violated either. So no,...
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Steipler keeping 2 days yomtov in Bnei Brak

This is indeed in Orchos Rabbeinu. It can be found in Volume II p. 136 of the 2014 edition. Here is an image of it:
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Is there a source for owning property in Israel means keeping 1 day yom tov

R Eliezer Melamed (Peninei Halacha Moadim 9:8) writes indeed If one buys an apartment in Eretz Yisrael and lives there during his visits, he is considered a resident of Eretz Yisrael while there. R ...
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Why allowed on Yom Tov?

The principle here is termed by the Gemara (Beitzah 12a, Kesubos 7a) as מתוך שהותרה לצורץ הותרה נמי שלא לצורך - since it was permitted for the purpose [of food preparation] it is also permitted ...
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Can I donate blood on yom tov?

In brief, no, this is not permissible. Two issues: 1 - See here regarding the problem of bleeding and causing a wound on Shabbat. Some say it is a prohibition of shochet - slaughtering. Others say ...
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Why is dancing allowed on Simchas Torah?

from Halachipedia: Tosfot (Beitzah 30a s.v. Tenan) writes that the gezerah of Chazal only applied then when they were experts in fixing musical instruments but it wouldn’t apply to us since we’re not ...
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Why is the "middle" section of Shmoneh Esreh on Shabbat different for each service, yet the same on Yom Tov?

The idea of Shabbos originated at Ma'asei Bereishis. (Creation). The Jews accepted the Shabbos 2448 years later. The Shmoneh Esrei (actually, the Amidah) of each tefillah represents a different ...
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How to have an easier time with Yom Tov?

I sympathize with your story, but let's focus on the questions you stated: Does everyone actually cheat? Absolutely not. Most people who keep Yom Tov follow the normative Halacha. Why don't you hear ...
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How to have an easier time with Yom Tov?

B"H, I have solved my problem. I will post my experience here in case it could help anyone else. It turns out that what was making Yom Tov impossible for me was the fact that I lived alone and spent ...
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Gas Pilot on Yom Tov

Google is your friend! The COR, Chabad, the OU, and the Star-K say you can light a burner from a pilot light on yom tov.
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Can something be muktzeh to one person but not another?

Mishnah Berurah 308:170 quotes Taz Orach Chaim 308:25 that small scraps of clothing are not muktzeh for a pauper, but are for a rich person (unless he lives in the pauper’s household).
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How does one have Seudah Shlishit when Erev Yom Tov occurs on Shabbat?

Magen Avraham (OC 529:2) writes that ideally one should eat Seudah Shlishit before Mincha Ketanah (9½ halachic hours after sunrise), but if he forgot to eat before, he may eat the meal even after ...
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Melave d'Malka on Motze Yom Tov

It seems to be a dispute in the poskim. The position that one is obligated: The Chazon Ish (quoted in Orchos Rabbeinu v.2 p.110, and in טעמא דקרא, הנהגות החזו״א אות י״ח) was mapkid to eat melaveh ...
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Does the halacha require that even someone who does not like meat and wine must consume them on Yom Tov?

(adapted from R' Josh Flug's YUTorah article "The Mitzvah of Simchat Yom Tov") The Beit Yosef (Orach Chaim 529:5) questions the Rambam's assertion that one must eat meat on Yom Tov (still ...
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