Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Halocho #1052 - Working on Chol Hamo'ed

The intermediary days of Pessach and Sukkot are known as Chol Hamo'ed. Some types of work are permitted, others are forbidden. 

Chazal (our Rabbis of blessed memory) have some harsh words for those who don't honour Chol Hamo'ed properly. 

Honouring Chol Hamo'ed includes eating meals and wearing clothes that are closer to Yom Tov standards than regular weekday standards. 

On Chol Hamo'ed one may do all work needed to prevent a monetary loss. 

Preparing food for Chol Hamo'ed for the last days of Yom Tov is allowed. 

Gardening is forbidden besides for picking fruit for Chol Hamo'ed or for Yom Tov, or to prevent plants dying, e.g. if they need to be irrigated. Planting is forbidden. 

Cutting hair is forbidden on Chol Hamo'ed. Cutting nails is only allowed if one also cut them before Yom Tov. 

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 104

- Danny
Wednesday, 17 Adar 5773

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