Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Preventing loss on chol hamoed


In general, business is prohibited on Chol haMoed (the intermediate Days of holidays); commerce is stressful, and it takes away from one's concentration on the holiday. However, one may engage in business for the sake of preventing loss of existing assets (as opposed to taking advantage of an opportunity for profit).

The same is true regarding taking care of one's property. Thus one may water plants, if the alternative is that they will die.

However, even when engaging in such licensed activity, one must do it in a manner which will not involve great strain.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 537:1-2)

מועדים לשמחה,

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