May one write a shopping list?
It is known
that writing on Chol Hamoed is a problem and we will
b’ezras Hashem learn specific details another time.
However, writing a shopping list is necessary for Yom Tov
and Chol Hamoed and one may write shopping lists on
Must a shinui be made when writing
a shopping list?
need not write b’shinui because it for the sake of
Must I pay cash on Chol Hamoed in
order to avoid writing a check?
to pay with cash rather than credit card or check, it would
seem this is preferred in order to avoid unnecessary
writing. If one prefers paying with a check or credit card
and cash is available one must ask a rav as to the correct
the answer to the question is relatively simple (one should
seek halachic guidance) and one does not need to pay cash,
it is important to raise these questions in order to
heighten our awareness of these matters].
May one bake a large cake, even
though it involves extra effort and one can suffice with a
small cake for Chol Hamoed?
example, one is baking cake for the last days of Yom Tov and
one wishes to bake a large cake to eat after Yom Tov as
well. Obviously if the entire cake might be eaten on
Yom Tov, or if it is more attractive to place a large cake
on a platter then a smaller one, it is permitted, as being a
Yom Tov necessity. The issue is whether it is definitely not
needed for Chol Hamoed or Yom Tov.
Why should it be permitted, since
you’re not doing it for Yom Tov?
to permit it is because one is performing the same actions
as when preparing a smaller quantity. Instead of mixing 1
kilo flour with water, one is mixing 2 kilos. Instead of
sifting 1 kilo of flour one is sifting 2 kilos etc.
permitted to prepare a larger quantity than needed for
Chol Hamoed (and the ensuing Yom Tov) provided that one
does not need to perform extra melachos that would
not be needed had one prepared only for Chol Hamoed.
If the extra quantity is needed to improve quality or for
any other beneficial reason, one may prepare a larger
Can you be more specific?
sift 2 kilos of flour instead of 1 kilo; one may mix in the
Kenwood 2 kilos of flour instead of 1 kilo, because it is
the same action.
fill a pot with meat and chicken and place it on the stove,
even though some of the meat and chicken is for after Yom
Tov. One may not put meat and chicken into a pot
already cooking on the stove when that meat or chicken is
not for Chol Hamoed or Yom Tov.
What’s the difference between the
difference between the two cases is that placing a pot full
of meat and chicken (or any other product) onto the cooking
source is a single action, where part of that action is
intended for Chol Hamoed and one is not doing
anything extra for after Chol Hamoed. Placing
additional pieces of chicken or meat into a pot already on
the stove is an action performed solely for after Chol
Are all food manufacturers
permitted to work on Chol Hamoed?
the issue of davar ha’aved (preventing a loss),
let us focus on the ochel nefesh factor.
halacha makes a distinction between manufacturers who
produce food items that are perceptibly produced for Chol
Hamoed and Yom Tov and products that are not evidently
for Chol Hamoed.
and milk-product manufacturers are permitted to work
regularly on Chol Hamoed, because everyone
appreciates that their produce is intended for Chol
Hamoed. Chocolate factories and the like are problematic
because their produce is not automatically intended for
Chol Hamoed. They may operate when their intention is to
produce for Chol Hamoed however an element of not
operating publicly is advised.
is not possible for a factory to work “behind closed doors”
and when producing food for Chol Hamoed, they may do
so in the regular manner, especially because their produce
is intended for the public.
As a rule,
factory owners, storekeepers and almost every businessman
must seek halachic guidance as to whether one may work on
Chol Hamoed. The issues mentioned in this sheet are not
applicable to 90% of the population
but it is intended to heighten awareness to the kedusha
of Chol Hamoed and the importance of receiving proper
Is there a limit as to what a
bakery may produce?
They may produce all items that are regularly eaten during
Chol Hamoed and Yom Tov, such as challos, cakes and
rolls, but not bread that is only eaten on a weekday,
because they are baked specifically for after Yom Tov.