Thursday, April 7, 2011

Which sort of work is prohibited on Erev Pesach?


We have said that one is not permitted to engage in work on the afternoon of Erev Pesach. However, the list of prohibited actions is not clear.

We know that melachah, the tasks prohibited on Shabbat and Yom Tov, like writing, are permitted in many circumstances. On the other hand, one is not to engage in personal grooming like cutting his nails or taking a haircut [although one may cut his nails if he failed to do so in advance, and one may go to a non-Jewish barber]. And authorities distinguish between מלאכה גמורה, "total melachah" and other types of melachah.

Given the lack of clarity in the matter, one should consult a competent halachic authority regarding specific cases.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 468:1-2; Aruch haShulchan Orach Chaim 468:1-3; Mishneh Berurah 468:5-7)

Have a great day,

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