fold clothing on Chol Hamoed?
fold clothing on Chol Hamoed without restriction,
even though folding clothes on Shabbos is prohibited unless
certain conditions are fulfilled. Folding clothes is not a
meleches uman and thus permitted when folding for
Chol Hamoed or Yom Tov.
May I fold clothes that will only
be worn after Chol Hamoed or Yom Tov?
should only be folded when they are to be worn on Chol
Hamoed or Yom Tov. If however putting clothes into a
cupboard and storing them in a tidy manner will appease
one’s mind, one may do so as it is also tzorech hamoed.
Is ironing permitted on Chol Hamoed?
address this issue, it is important to note that washing
clothes on Chol Hamoed is prohibited save for
extenuating circumstances, as will be”H be explained.
clothes is permitted on Chol Hamoed when the clothes
are to be worn on Chol Hamoed or Yom Tov.
Ironing is not a meleches uman and permitted when
done l’tzorech hamoed.
shirts and introducing permanent creases is forbidden on
account of being a meleches uman.
May one launder clothes on Chol
Shulchan Aruch writes that it is prohibited to launder
clothes on Chol Hamoed and the Mishna Berura
that one must wear clean clothes to honor Yom Tov and not
rely on the possibility to launder on Chol Hamoed. If
one were permitted to launder on chol hamoed , given
that erev Yom Tov is very hectic, one might be tempted to
wear any clothing at hand and launder on Chol Hamoed.
Therefore Chazal prohibited laundering on Chol
We find a
similar concept regarding haircuts and shaving.
Where does it say that one must
wear nice clean clothes on Yom Tov?
possuk says that Yom Tov is
î÷øà ÷ãù – and Chazal explain that one must
‘make it holy’ with food, drink and clean clothes.
I can understand that clean clothes
might have a connection to holiness, but food and drink?
This can be
explained on different levels.
means separation and difference. When we declare that
Hashem is Holy it is because he is separated from
everything and is not associated with anything we can
fathom. Our food and beverages and the manner we eat and
drink on Yom Tov (and Shabbos) must be different to weekday
meaning is to realize that the food we eat on Shabbos and
Yom Tov is compared to eating from the mizbeach.
Shabbos and Yom Tov are higher spiritual realms than
weekdays and the food we eat on Shabbos and Yom Tov is
associated with eating from Hashem’s table.
What is included in the issur of
One may not launder on Chol Hamoed for the last day
of Yom Tov even though one does not have fresh clothing. One
may not hand it to a gentile to launder, even if he will
launder for free, nor may one hire a Jew who needs money for
Yom Tov expenses.
It is immaterial whether one launders by hand or in a
washing machine or if one was unable to launder clothes
before Yom Tov due to a hectic schedule.
The only shirts I own are stained
and cannot be worn on Yom Tov. I would rather stay home and
not go to shul than wear such a shirt. May I wash it?
poskim say that if possible one should purchase
clothing, if the expense is not too great, rather than
What if all the hand towels are
used up, may I launder them?
permitted laundering items that constantly become soiled,
because the reason for the above g’zeira does not
apply. As mentioned, Chazal did not want us to rely
on Chol Hamoed laundering and our clothes must be
freshly laundered for Yom Tov. This does not apply to items
constantly used and dirtied, because even when you launder
them before Yom Tov they must be laundered again during
Which items fall into this
children’s clothing may be laundered on Chol Hamoed
because they dirty constantly.
One may wash these items in a washing machine and many of
these items may be placed into the machine at once.
says that one may launder children’s clothing in public
because everyone knows and sees that they are children’s
clothing and do not cause any suspicion that one is
laundering clothes on Chol Hamoed. This may not be
applicable nowadays as we B”H don’t have to wash
clothes in a river, but it would apply to hanging wet
laundry outside to dry in the sun.