make tzitzis on Chol Hamoed?
explained in last shiur, one may perform a meleches
hedyot (non-professional craft) for a mitzvah, even for
after Chol Hamoed.
Tying tzitzis onto a four-cornered garment is a
meleches hedyot and permitted even for after Chol
Hamoed. If one will have ample time after Chol Hamoed
to fashion tzitzis one should avoid tying them
during Chol Hamoed
May one tie tzitzis at night or
only during the day?
a daytime mitzvah, as it says that one should “see” one’s
tzitzis. (Although the Rambam and Rosh
argue whether one is obligated to wear tzitzis on a
daytime garment that is worn at night, it is nevertheless a
daytime mitzvah). Consequently the question is whether
tzitzis may be tied onto a garment at night, when it is
not time for the mitzvah, or only during the day.
poskim wrote that daytime is preferred,
but the Chazon Ish, Ben Ish Chai and Rav
Shlomo Zalman Auerbach
wrote that one may lechatchila tie tzitzis
onto one’s garment at night.
May one write a note advising the
time of a b’ris that takes place a day after the last day of
question was posed to the gedolei hador a few years
ago and the answer is not so simple. Based on the above it
should be permitted because writing is a meleches hedyot
and when done for a mitzvah it may be done even on Chol
Hamoed for after Yom Tov. The point is how important is
it to announce a b’ris when it is known that even
without announcing the b’ris there will be a
minyan of adult males. It is best to ask your rav.
May one pay bills and write checks
on Chol Hamoed?
our writing is a meleches hedyot, to permit such
writing there must be a tzorech moed – some necessity
for Chol Hamoed.
example, the Shulchan Aruch writes
that one may write a letter to a friend and relative on
Chol Hamoed and the Mishna Berura explains
that writing to a friend is a necessity. The Rama
that others prohibit writing a letter to a friend and the
custom is to write implementing a shinui - either
writing all the lines at a slant or at least the first line.
But the letter might only reach its
destination after Chol Hamoed?
This is a
very good point as raised by the Oruch Hashulchan,
which answers that the poskim omitted the
requirement that the letter arrive on Chol Hamoed
because writing a letter is effortless and performed in
private. Consequently Chazal were not particular on
Accordingly, if necessary to pay bills and write checks on
Chol Hamoed to prevent a loss or for another reason,
one may do so.
But I cannot write a slanted check?
writing for something necessary for the mo’ed one may
do so even without writing at a slant, because our writing
is accepted by most poskim to be a meleches hedyot
and the slant is only a custom to be applied when
May I purposely set time for Chol
Hamoed to write letters and pay bills?
letters to friends and paying bills may only be done on
Chol Hamoed when not purposely intending to do so. In
other words, because people have extra free time on Chol
Hamoed one might plan to use that time for writing
letters and paying bills and this is not permitted.
One may pay bills and write letters if one did not have time
to do so before Chol Hamoed or if the need arose on
May one use a computer on Chol
a computer is not a meleches uman and is permitted on
As stated above, even though it is not possible to write at
a slant, it is unnecessary to do so when not possible.
Shlomo Zalman Auerbach added that
there is a problem to write and store information on
a disk on account of boneh – construction.
He explained that a disk without information is worthless
and by feeding it and storing information on it, one is
‘constructing’ it. Consequently, writing and storing
or typing without storing information is not a problem.
May one print one’s work on Chol
the computer is one thing and printing is another. One may
only print that which one may write. The problem is that
printing is probably worse than writing because the printout
is usually block letters, as opposed to handwriting which
If necessary to print to avoid a loss, it may be performed.
May one use a rubber stamp on Chol
It is also
a meleches hedyot and permitted when necessary for