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Chag, pl. chagim (chahg,chah-geem) — Festival, or "major," holiday; these include the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (Pesach/Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot/Simchat Torah) and the High Holidays (Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur) and have activity restrictions similar to Shabbat. For non-chag holidays, see Rabbinic holidays
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Introduction to Holidays/Jewish Festivals
Introduction to Holidays/Jewish Festivals/Chagim/Yom Tov
Jewish Festivals are listed in the Torah and are of two types: ...
Jewish Festivals: Acquisitions
Jewish Festivals: Acquisitions
You may not acquire items ( kinyan ) on Jewish festivals unless they...
Jewish Festivals: Existing Flame
Jewish Festivals: Cooking from an Existing Flame
You may cook food on all Jewish festivals (except Yom Kippur or...
Jewish Festivals: Bottles
Jewish Festivals: Opening Metal Bottle Caps
You may not open metal bottle caps on Jewish festivals if a metal...
Jewish Festivals: Bottles
Jewish Festivals: Opening Plastic Bottles
You may completely open plastic bottle caps on plastic bottles on...
Jewish Festivals: Twist-Ties
Jewish Festivals: Non-Permanent Twist-Ties
You may twist or untwist twist ties on Jewish festivals (and...
Jewish Festivals: Books
Jewish Festivals: Marking Pages in Books
You may mark pages in a book, whether secular or holy, on Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Separating Challa
Jewish Festivals: Challa Not Separated before Festival
On Jewish festivals , you may not separate challa from loaves baked...
Jewish Festivals: Cut Flowers
Jewish Festivals: Adding Water to Cut Flowers
You may add water to cut flowers in a utensil on Jewish festivals as...
Jewish Festivals: Cut Flowers
Jewish Festivals: Moving Cut Flowers
You may move cut flowers in a vase or other utensil on Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Hair/Beards
Jewish Festivals: Hair Brushing
You may brush your hair on a Jewish festival , but only if the brush...
Jewish Festivals: Insects
Jewish Festivals: Biting or Stinging Insects
If insects such as bees or non-diseased mosquitoes don’t carry...
Jewish Festivals: Laundry
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Laundry
You may not wash or hang up wet laundry on Jewish festivals (or...
Jewish Festivals: Mail and Periodicals
Jewish Festivals: Bringing Newspaper inside House
You may bring a newspaper, magazine, or other reading material inside...
Jewish Festivals: Digital-Display Devices
Digital-Display Ovens and Stoves on Jewish Festivals
You may not adjust digital-display ovens and stoves (and also...
Jewish Festivals: Secular Studies
Jewish Festivals: Secular Studies
Studying secular subjects on Jewish festivals is not in the spirit...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: When To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Lighting after Sunset
Men and women may light candles after sunset on Jewish festivals ,...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: When To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Lighting with Delay until Sunset
As on Shabbat , you may say “I am lighting Jewish festival...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: How Many To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Adding a Candle
Unlike on Shabbat , on Jewish festivals you do not add an extra...
Jewish Festivals: Ball Playing
Jewish Festivals and Ball Playing in Yard or Eruv
Playing ball is not forbidden on Jewish festivals , as long as the...
Jewish Festivals: Evening Kiddush
Jewish Festivals: Evening Kiddush
To fulfill the two requirements for Jewish festival evening kiddush...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: How Much To Pour
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Pour Revi'it
As on Shabbat , the minimum volume of kiddush beverage on which you...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: When They End
Jewish Festivals: When Is
Jewish festivals (and Shabbat ) end at “dark”: when...
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Medicines
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Medicines
Jewish Festivals: Medicines: When To Take Medicine generally may not...
Jewish Festivals: Painkillers
Jewish Festivals: When You May Take a Painkiller
You may take a painkiller on the first day of Jewish festivals if...
Honoring Parents: Non-Observant Jewish
Shabbat/Jewish Festivals with a Non-Observant Jewish Parent
You should spend Shabbat or Jewish festivals with your...
When To Say Kabbalat Shabbat
Kabbalat Shabbat and Jewish Festivals
Kabbalat Shabbat is mostly omitted when Shabbat falls on:...
Women: Starting Jewish Festivals
Women: Starting Jewish Festivals
For when women start Jewish festivals , or more on women’s...
Jewish Festival Checklist
Preparing for Jewish Festivals
Here are some suggestions (they are NOT halachot !) of what to prepare...
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Food Preparation
Introduction to Jewish Festivals and Food Preparation
Food preparation forbidden on Jewish festivals includes these...
When Shiv'a (and Shloshim) Starts
When Shiv'a (and Shloshim) Starts: Jewish Festivals
For someone who dies during Rosh Hashana , Yom Kippur , or any of...
Jewish Festivals: Checking for Bugs
Checking Product for Bugs on Jewish Festivals
You may check produce for bugs on  Jewish festivals....
Jewish Festivals: Animals
Jewish Festivals: Feeding Trapped Wild Animal
You may not feed wild animals on Jewish festivals .  But if you...
Jewish Festivals: Animals
Jewish Festivals: Releasing Trapped Wild Animal
As on Shabbat , on Jewish festivals you may release a wild animal...
Jewish Festivals: Animals
Jewish Festivals: Trapping Animals
You may not trap animals on Jewish festivals .
Mourning: Who Must Mourn
Mourning: Who Must Mourn: No Onenut on Shabbat and Jewish Festivals
One is not an  onen   whenever a body may not be buried, such...
Tzitzit: When To Check
Tzitzit Checking: Shabbat and Jewish Festivals
Do not check tzitzit on Shabbat or Jewish festivals . Reason...
Jewish Festivals: Air Conditioners
Jewish Festivals: Adjusting Air Conditioner Louvers
As on Shabbat , you may adjust air conditioner louvers on Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Air Conditioners
Jewish Festivals: Adjusting Air Conditioner Temperatures
On Jewish festivals , you may: Lower the temperature when...
When Shiv’a Resumes
When Shiv'a Resumes: Jewish Festival
Shiv'a  that is interrupted by a  Jewish festival...
Jewish Festivals: Bathing
Jewish Festivals: Blotting Hair
You may blot your hair with a towel on Jewish festivals as long as...
Jewish Festivals: Cooking on First Day for Second Day
Jewish Festivals: Cooking on First Day for Second Day
You may not cook on the first day of a Jewish festival for the...
Jewish Festivals: Bathing
Jewish Festivals: Showering
It is forbidden to shower on Jewish festivals .  
Jewish Festivals: Eruv Tavshilin
Jewish Festivals: Personal Eruv Tavshilin
One person per household should make an eruv tavshilin in order...
Jewish Festivals: Bioluminescence
Jewish Festivals: Creating Bioluminescent Light
You may not create bioluminescent light, as with glowsticks , on...
Jewish Festivals: Ma'ariv
Answering Kedusha If You Began the Jewish Festival Early
If you began the Jewish festival early and you are at a minyan...
Jewish Festivals: Freezing
Jewish Festivals: Making Ice Cubes
You may fill an ice cube tray on Jewish festivals if you intend to...
Jewish Festivals: Grinding
Grinding on Jewish Festivals: How Finely You May Grind
You may not grind, grate, or even finely chop or dice food on ...
Jewish Festivals: Braiding Hair
Jewish Festivals: Braiding Hair
As on Shabbat , you may not braid (or unbraid) hair on Jewish...
Eating before Kiddush
Eating a Full Meal before Jewish Festival
See Appetite for Jewish Festival Dinner .
Eating before Kiddush
Eating from Start of Jewish Festival until Kiddush
Once the Jewish festival begins for you—either at sunset or...
Jewish Festivals: Brushing Teeth
Jewish Festivals: Water, Tooth Powder, Toothwashing Liquid
You may use water, tooth powder, and toothwashing liquid on Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Brushing Teeth
Jewish Festivals: Cutting Floss
You may not cut floss on Jewish festivals , so it is best to cut the...
Jewish Festivals: Brushing Teeth
Jewish Festivals: Flossing Teeth
You may floss your teeth on Jewish festivals as long as your gums do...
Jewish Festivals: Salting
Jewish Festivals: Salting Food
You may not salt certain foods, whether cooked or raw, on Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Selecting/Boreir
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Selecting/Boreir
Issues of boreir are almost always d’oraita , not...
Jewish Festivals: Selecting/Boreir
Jewish Festivals: Separating Good Food from Bad in Your Mouth
You may separate food inside your mouth while eating, even if you remove...
Jewish Festivals: Selecting/Boreir
Jewish Festivals: Washing-Draining Food
You may wash and drain olives and other canned fruits and vegetables on...
Jewish Festivals: Squeezing Juice
Jewish Festivals: Squeezing a Lemon
As on Shabbat , on Jewish festivals you may squeeze a lemon (or...
Jewish Festivals: Coloring (Tzovei'a)
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Coloring (Tzovei'a)
Since wool and/or leather was dyed for the  Tabernacle  in the...
Jewish Festivals: Coloring (Tzovei'a)
Jewish Festivals: Coloring (Tzovei'a): Cloth
You may wipe a stain off of your face or hands onto a cloth or...
Jewish Festivals: Coloring (Tzovei'a)
Jewish Festivals: Coloring (Tzovei'a): Food
You may not add a substance, whether food or other, in order to color...
Jewish Festivals: Couriers and Packages
Jewish Festivals: Shipment that Arrives on Festival
You may not send a shipment--such as Fedex or another express delivery...
Jewish Festivals: Cut Flowers
Jewish Festivals: Putting Cut Flowers in Water
You may not put cut flowers in a vase or other utensil (with water in...
Jewish Festivals: Doors
Jewish Festivals: Replacing Doors
You may not replace a door on its hinges and you may not replace a...
Jewish Festivals: Electricity
Jewish Festivals: Electric Eyes
On Jewish festivals , when walking into the path of an electric eye:...
Jewish Festivals: Electricity
Jewish Festivals: Turning Off Electrical Devices
You may not turn off or disconnect an operating electrical device...
Jewish Festivals: Elevators/Escalators
Jewish Festivals: Riding Elevators
You may ride an elevator on Jewish festivals if: The...
Jewish Festivals: Exercise
Jewish Festivals: Roller Blading
You may roller blade on Jewish festivals .
Jewish Festivals: Exercise
Jewish Festivals: Strengthening
You may not exercise on Jewish festivals to strengthen your body....
Jewish Festivals: Exercise
Jewish Festivals: Stretching
You may stretch on Jewish festivals ( and Shabbat ) to make yourself...
Jewish Festivals: Exercise
Jewish Festivals: Trapeze
You may swing and fly on a trapeze on Jewish festivals .
Jewish Festivals: Flashlights
Jewish Festivals: Flashlight On before Festival
If you turn on a flashlight before a Jewish festival starts, you may...
Jewish Festivals: Flashlights
Jewish Festivals: Turning On Flashlight
You may not turn a flashlight on or off after sunset at the beginning a...
Jewish Festivals: Fans
Jewish Festivals: Moving a Fan
You may pick up and move a fan on Jewish festivals if you need it...
Jewish Festivals: Fluids on Skin
Jewish Festivals: Fluids on Skin
For using fluids on skin during Jewish festivals ,  see Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Glasses
Jewish Festivals: Eye Glasses
You may wash reading glasses or sunglasses using liquid soap on Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Grama
Jewish Festivals: Temperature Controls and Grama
On Jewish festivals , “ grama ” (indirect action) is...
Jewish Festivals: Heaters
Jewish Festivals: Adjusting Heater
On Jewish festivals , you may adjust a heater with an analog...
Jewish Festivals: Heaters
Jewish Festivals: Moving Electric Heater
You may pick up and move an electric heater that is ON on Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Heaters
Jewish Festivals: Moving Flame Heater
Unlike on Shabbat , you may move a kerosene or other heater that has a...
Jewish Festivals: Insects
Jewish Festivals: Insects that May Carry Diseases
You may kill mosquitoes and other insects on Jewish festivals if...
Jewish Festivals: Knots
Jewish Festivals: Double Bows
You may not tie a double bow on Jewish festivals .  
Jewish Festivals: Knots
Jewish Festivals: Permanent Knots
You may not tie permanent knots on Jewish festivals ( and Shabbat) ....
Jewish Festivals: LCDs/LEDs
Jewish Festivals: Changing LCD/LED
As on Shabbat , you may not use any item on a Jewish festival that...
Jewish Festival: Lights
Jewish Festivals: Redirecting Lighting Fixture
You may redirect a light fixture on Jewish festivals , but only by...
Jewish Festival: Lights
Jewish Festivals: Unplugging Turned-Off Light
You may unplug a turned-off light on Jewish festivals if:...
Jewish Festivals: Mail and Periodicals
Jewish Festivals: Bringing Mail inside House
Do not bring mail inside the house on Jewish festivals , unless it...
Jewish Festivals: Makeup
Jewish Festivals: Applying Makeup
Girls and women may not put on any nail polish or makeup on Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Makeup
Jewish Festivals: Removing Makeup
Girls and women may remove makeup or nail polish on Jewish festivals...
PETS
Pet Medicine on Shabbat and Jewish Festivals
Pets may be given medicine on Shabbat and Jewish festivals .
Jewish Festivals: Mopping
Jewish Festivals: Mopping
You may squeegee a floor--as is commonly done in Israel--on Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Music
Jewish Festivals: Kazoos/Whistles
You may not use a kazoo or a whistle on Jewish festivals, but you...
Jewish Festivals: Music
Jewish Festivals: Listening to Non-Jewish Musicians
You may listen to non-Jewish musicians performing on Jewish festivals...
Blessings: How Many To Say
100 Blessings on Shabbat and Jewish Festivals
On Shabbat and some Jewish festivals , you might want to fulfill...
Jewish Festivals: Nail Cutting
Jewish Festivals: Having Nails Cut
You may not cut your nails or have your nails cut on Jewish festivals...
Jewish Festivals: Non-Jews (Shabbat Goy)
Jewish Festival: Inviting Non-Jews to Meal
You may not cook food specifically for a non-Jew on a Jewish festival...
Jewish Festivals: Non-Jews (Shabbat Goy)
Jewish Festivals: Asking a Non-Jew To Do Melacha D'Oraita
Although you may not normally tell a non-Jew to do melacha...
Jewish Festivals: Pumps
Jewish Festivals: Well Water
You may use water from a well on Jewish festivals (as on Shabbat )...
Jewish Festivals: Refrigerators
Jewish Festivals: Opening Refrigerator Door with LEDs
As on Shabbat , do not open a refrigerator door that has LEDs that...
Jewish Festivals: Room Sensors
Jewish Festivals: Covering Motion Detectors
Situation A motion detector will light up when you move....
Jewish Festivals: Raising/Lowering Flames/Heat
Jewish Festivals: Lowering Flames/Heat
On Jewish festivals , you may adjust (analog-only) temperature...
Jewish Festivals: Raising/Lowering Flames/Heat
Jewish Festivals: Raising Flames/Heat
On Jewish festivals , you may adjust (analog-only) temperature...
Jewish Festivals: Room Sensors
Jewish Festivals: Walking Past Motion Detectors/Microwave Sensors Situation
Situation You enter a room on a Jewish festival and then...
Jewish Festivals: Soap
Jewish Festivals: Hard Soap
You may not use hard soap on Jewish festivals .
Jewish Festivals: Soap
Jewish Festivals: Soap Bubbles
Causing soap bubbles from lather is not a problem on Jewish festivals...
Jewish Festivals: Sponging
Jewish Festivals: Sponging
You may not wash dishes on  Jewish festivals with a...
Jewish Festivals: Sunscreen
Jewish Festivals: Diluting Sunscreens before Festival
You may dilute sunscreen before Jewish festivals with water or...
Jewish Festivals: Sunscreen
Jewish Festivals: Sunscreens
To use a fluid on skin on Jewish festivals , even sunscreen that may...
Jewish Festivals: Talking
Jewish Festivals: Talking about Weekday Subjects
You may talk about weekday subjects on Jewish festivals if...
Jewish Festivals: Taping
Jewish Festivals: Taping Card to Hotel Door
You may tape a card to a hotel room door on Jewish festivals in...
Jewish Festivals: Taping
Jewish Festivals: Taping Items Together
You may not tape items together, on Jewish festivals, if you intend...
Charity/Tzedaka: By When To Give
Charity/Tzedaka Should Be Paid by Third Jewish Festival
Charit y/tzedaka should be paid by the third Jewish festival (...
Jewish Festivals: Tearing
Jewish Festivals: Tearing Paper and Plastic Wrap
You may tear paper, plastic,  foil,  or...
Jewish Festivals: Techum Shabbat
Jewish Festival: Item from outside Techum Shabbat
You may not use, on a Jewish festival, any item that was outside the...
Jewish Festivals: Telephones
Jewish Festivals: Telephones and Time Zones
If a Jewish festival is over where you are, you may speak by phone...
Jewish Festivals: Toilet
Jewish Festivals: Toilet
Flushing a toilet on a Jewish festival is not a violation of...
Jewish Festivals: Trees
Jewish Festivals: Walking between Trees/Bushes
You may walk between bushes or trees on Jewish festivals , even...
Jewish Festivals: Water (Pool)
Jewish Festivals: Dangling Legs
On Jewish festivals (and Shabbat ), you may dangle your feet or...
Jewish Festivals: Water Filters
Jewish Festivals: Filtering Potable Water
You may filter plain water using a non-electrical water filter on...
Brit Mila: Delays: Shabbat/Jewish Festivals
Brit Mila: Delays: Shabbat/Jewish Festivals: Special Births
Situation A baby boy is born by caesarean section. The eighth day...
Jewish Festivals: Transportation
Non-Jew Driven Vehicle before Dark Starting Jewish Festival
You may continue riding in a car or taxi driven by a non-Jew between...
Jewish Festivals: Leaving the World of Work
Sole or Majority Business Ownership on Jewish Festivals
For sole or majority ownership of a business on Jewish festivals ,...
Jewish Festivals: Eating Before
Appetite for Jewish Festival Dinner
Do not eat a full meal (meaning, do not eat bread or a lot of mezonot )...
Jewish Festivals: Eating Before
Eating before Hearing Jewish Festival Evening Kiddush
See Eating from Start of Jewish Festival until Kiddush .  
Jewish Festivals: Shacharit: Eating Before
Eating before Making Jewish Festival Kiddush
As on Shabbat , you may eat non- mezonot and non-bread food before...
Jewish Festival: Setting the Table
Jewish Festivals: Tablecloth
A tablecloth should cover the table during Jewish festival meals,...
Jewish Festivals: Shacharit: Eating Before
Women and Minimum Prayer before Jewish Festival Kiddush
The minimum prayer that a woman should say on Jewish festival ( or...
Jewish Festivals: Shacharit: Eating After
Eating Only after Jewish Festival Kiddush
As on Shabbat , once you have said the amida of Jewish festival...
Jewish Festivals: When Men Start
Jewish Festivals: When Men Start: Sunset or Bar'chu
Jewish festivals begin for men at sunset or when they say “...
Jewish Festivals: Musaf: Additions for Sacrifices
Jewish Festivals: Musaf: Additions for Sacrifices: Sukkot: Outside Eretz Yisrael
Since two days of Jewish festival are observed outside of Eretz...
Jewish Festivals: When Women Start
Jewish Festivals: When Women Start: Candle-Lighting or Sunset
As for Shabbat , Jewish festivals start for women when they light...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: When To Say
Jewish Festival Havdala at Night or Next Day
Say Jewish festival havdala at night.  If this is impossible,...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Who Lights
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Have Others in Mind
Whoever is lighting the Jewish festival candles should have in mind...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Who Lights
Jewish Festivals: Candles: One Person per Home
Like Shabbat candles, Jewish festival candles should be lit only...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: When To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Earliest Time To Light
You may not light  Jewish festival (or Shabbat)...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: When To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Lighting Two Days
The custom is to light candles: Before sunset on the first...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Where To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Dinner Location
As on Shabbat , light Jewish festival candles wherever you will eat...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: What To Use
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: No Candle or Spices
For Jewish festival havdala , use only wine (or a substitute,...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: How Many To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: How Many Required To Light
As on Shabbat , wives should light two candles for Jewish festivals ,...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: How Many To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: How Many To Light when Eating Elsewhere
A wife lighting Jewish festival candles in a place other than her...
Jewish Festivals: Ball Playing
Jewish Festivals and Retrieving Ball
You may retrieve a ball or other item that has fallen into a bush on a...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: How Long To Burn
Jewish Festivals: Candles: How Long Candles Must Burn
As on Shabbat , Jewish festivals candles must burn at least until...
When Shiv'a (and Shloshim) Ends
Shiv'a and Shloshim: Ended by Jewish Festivals
Shiv’a ends if a Jewish festival , Rosh Hashana, or...
Jewish Festivals: Candles: How To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candles: Lighting before Blessing
On the first day of Jewish festivals , both women and men may say the...
Jewish Festivals: Card Playing
Jewish Festivals: Cards If No Gambling or Melacha
Playing cards is not forbidden on Jewish festivals as long as you do...
Jewish Festivals: Card Playing
Jewish Festivals: Removing Unwanted Cards
Unlike on Shabbat , on a Jewish festival you may select ( boreir )...
Jewish Festivals: What Time Is Mincha
Jewish Festivals: Earliest Mincha
The earliest permissible time to say mincha before a ...
Jewish Festivals: Mincha and Candle Lighting
Saying Mincha after Lighting Jewish Festival Candles
A woman who has already lit Jewish festival candles may not say...
Jewish Festival: International Dateline
Jewish Festival: Dateline Considerations
If unsure which day to start the Jewish festival because you are...
Jewish Festival: One Day or Two
Jewish Festival: One Day for a Year Plus in Eretz Yisrael
If you are living in Eretz Yisrael for one year and might stay...
Jewish Festival: One Day or Two
Jewish Festival: One Day in Eretz Yisrael
To keep one day only of a Jewish festival in Eretz Yisrael , you...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: What To Drink
Jewish Festival Night Kiddush Beverage
Wine (or grape juice) is the only drink permissible for Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: How Much To Pour
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: If Not Enough Wine
If there is not enough wine (or grape juice) for Jewish festival (or...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: How Much To Drink
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Drinking Cheekful
As on Shabbat , the minimum total volume of Jewish festival...
Jewish Festivals: Two Loaves (Lechem Mishneh): How To Cut
Cut Upper Loaf for Jewish Festivals
For Jewish festivals , cut the upper loaf at night and day.  
Jewish Festivals: Daytime Kiddush
Jewish Festivals: Daytime Kiddush
To fulfill the two requirements for Jewish festival daytime kiddush...
Jewish Festivals: Second Meal
How To Fulfill Eating Jewish Festival Second Meal
You must eat a second meal on Jewish festival (or Shabbat ) day...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Before Havdala
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Before Havdala: Ata Chonantanu
As on Shabbat , if you forgot to say ata chonantanu after Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Before Havdala
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Before Havdala: Baruch HaMavdil
Say baruch ha’mavdil bein kodesh l’chol (without saying...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Before Havdala
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Before Havdala: Baruch HaMavdil and Birkat HaMazon
Saying Baruch ha’mavdil bein kodesh l’chol after dark at...
Jewish Festivals: Business Ownership
Jewish Festivals: Business Ownership
A business whose sole or major owner is Jewish may not be operated on...
Jewish Festivals: Internet Business
Jewish Festivals: Internet Business
Running a business that accepts orders and payments over the internet...
Jewish Festivals: Selling Tickets for Flights
Jewish Festivals: Selling Tickets for Flights
If you are a travel agent, you may sell airline tickets during a...
Jewish Festivals: Children and Melacha
Jewish Festivals: Children and Melacha
As on Shabbat , you may not have a child, even younger than gil...
Jewish Festivals: Removing Dirt from Clothing
Jewish Festivals: Non-Embedded Dirt
You may remove non-embedded dirt or hair from the surface of clothing on...
Jewish Festivals: Folding Clothes
Jewish Festivals: Folding Clothes on Existing Crease
Don't fold clothes (including a talit ) on an existing crease on...
Jewish Festivals: Folding Clothes
Jewish Festivals: Folding Clothes on New Crease
You may fold clothes on Jewish festivals by making a new crease, but...
When To Pause or Join Minyan
When To Pause or Join Minyan: Shabbat/Jewish Festival Shacharit
If the leader gets to kedusha on Shabbat or Jewish festival...
Chol HaMoed: Laundry
Laundry before Jewish Festivals
You should not do laundry on chol ha’moed. Reason Due...
Minyan: Keeping Pace: Shacharit Minyan
If Arrive Late on Shabbat or Jewish Festival Morning
If you are late to minyan on Shabbat (or Jewish festival)...
Women: Jewish Festival Kiddush
Women: Minimum Prayer before Jewish Festival Kiddush
For women and minimum prayer before eating prior to Jewish festival...
Women: Makeup on Jewish Festivals
Women: Makeup on Jewish Festivals
For women and applying makeup on Jewish Festivals, see Jewish...
Jewish Festivals: Removing Tags from Clothing
Jewish Festivals: Removing Tags from Clothing
You may not cut a tag off clothes on Jewish festivals.
Women: Jewish Festival Havdala
Women: Jewish Festival Havdala
For women and saying/hearing Jewish festival havdala , see Baruch...
Jewish Festivals: Asking Non-Jew To Turn on a Stove or Oven
Jewish Festivals: Asking Non-Jew To Turn on a Stove or Oven
You may directly ask a non-Jew to turn on a stove or oven for you....
Jewish Festivals: Yahrzeit Candle
Jewish Festivals: Yahrzeit Candle
Some people have the custom of lighting a yahrzeit candle for a...
Jewish Festivals: Eruv Tavshilin
Jewish Festivals: Eating Eruv Tavshilin Food
You are not required to eat food set aside for an eruv tavshilin ,...
Jewish Festivals: Eruv Tavshilin
Jewish Festivals: Rabbi's Eruv Tavshilin
If you forgot to make an eruv tavshilin , you may rely on the ...
Jewish Festivals: Selecting/Boreir
Jewish Festivals: Dropping Unwanted Food
When you have food mixed with non-desired substances, you may remove the...
Jewish Festivals: Selecting/Boreir
Jewish Festivals: Lemon Seeds
You may remove lemon seeds (pits) from food, such as after you have...
Jewish Festivals: Selecting/Boreir
Jewish Festivals: Salt Shaker with Rice
You may not, due to boreir , use a salt shaker into which rice has been...
Jewish Festival: Lights
Jewish Festivals: Moving Lighting Fixture
You may directly move a lamp or other light fixture to where you need...
SheHecheyanu: Jewish Festivals
SheHecheyanu at Candle-Lighting for Jewish Festivals
Say she’hecheyanu when lighting candles for: Both...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Borei Pri HaGafen after Drinking Kiddush Wine
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Borei Pri HaGafen after Drinking Kiddush Wine and Hesech Da'at
If you said or heard the blessing borei pri ha’gafen , finished...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Borei Pri HaGafen after Drinking Kiddush Wine
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Drinking Kiddush Wine and then Drinking Later in Meal
If you drank any amount of kiddush wine (or grape juice), you do not...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Borei Pri HaGafen after Drinking Kiddush Wine
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Making New Kiddush after Drinking Kiddush Wine
To say borei pri ha’gafen as a new kiddush on the same wine,...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Borei Pri HaGafen after Not Drinking Kiddush Wine
Jewish Festivals: Borei Pri HaGafen after Not Drinking Kiddush Wine
You must say borei pri ha’gafen if you want to drink wine (or...
Jewish Festivals: Musaf: Additions for Sacrifices
Jewish Festivals: Musaf: Additions for Sacrifices: Sukkot
In the amida of musaf for Sukkot , there is a different line added...
Jewish Festivals: Musaf: Additions for Sacrifices
Jewish Festivals: Musaf: Additions for Sacrifices: Sukkot: In Eretz Yisrael
In Eretz Yisrael , read only the line for the actual (correct) day....
Jewish Festivals: Candles: When To Light
Jewish Festivals: Candle-Lighting Times
In most countries, candle lighting time is 18 minutes before sunset. In...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: What To Use
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: Beverage
Wine or grape juice is the preferred beverage for havdala, but you may...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: What To Use
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: Filling the Cup
You must pour at least 4 fl. oz. (119 ml--a revi’it ) of wine or...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: What To Use
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: How Much To Drink
To fulfill the commandment of havdala (or kiddush ), the person...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: What To Use
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: Who Drinks the Beverage
For men: No one should drink the havdala beverage except the...
Jewish Festivals: Stickers
Jewish Festivals: Stickers
Children may apply or remove stickers for decoration or...
Jewish Festivals: Blessing the Children
Jewish Festivals: Blessing the Children
See Blessing the Children/Birkat HaBanim .
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: How Much To Pour
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Challot for Kiddush
To use two challot for kiddush instead of wine: Wash...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: How Much To Pour
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Diluting Wine
There is no need to dilute wine before drinking it.
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: How Much To Pour
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: How High To Fill the Cup
Ideally, fill your kiddush cup to just above the rim, even if the cup...
Jewish Festival Day: Yizkor
Jewish Festival Day: Reason for Yizkor
Yizkor on Yom Kippur serves as a type of elevation...
Jewish Festival Day: Yizkor
Jewish Festival Day: When To Say Yizkor
Yizkor is not required to be said at all, but it is the custom in...
Chol HaMoed: Shaving and Hair Cuts
Shaving/Hair Cuts and Jewish Festivals
You should not shave or cut your hair on chol ha’moed....
Isru Chag
Isru Chag: Tachanun and Eulogies
Do not say tachanun or give eulogies on isru chag (day after a...
Introduction to Jewish Festivals: Meals
Introduction to Jewish Festival "Eating a Meal" Requirements
We are required to eat two meals on Jewish festivals , each preceded...
Jewish Festival: One Day or Two
Jewish Festival: One Day or Two
Outside of Eretz Yisrael , Jewish festivals are observed for two...
Shabbat: Checking for Bugs
Checking Product for Bugs on Shabbat
You may check produce for bugs on Shabbat or Jewish...
Introduction to Shabbat: Meals
Introduction to Shabbat: Meals
Three Shabbat Meals We are required to eat three Shabbat meals, as...
Commandments (Mitzvot)
Unintentional Violation; Receive No Benefit (Psik Reisha...)
Psik reisha d'la nicha lei ( halacha whose violation you...
Talit Katan: Blessings
Talit Katan: Blessings: Shabbat or Jewish Festival Talit Katan
Situation You switch to a special talit katan right before...
Tachanun
Shacharit: Tachanun: When Not To Say
Tachanun is related to judgment. Tachanun is NOT said at times of...
Hidur Mitzva/Mehadrin
Hidur Mitzva/Mehadrin
Almost all mitzvot may be enhanced by: Making them...
Jewish Festivals: Elevators/Escalators
Jewish Festival: Riding Escalators
You may ride escalators on Jewish festivals if they run constantly...
Jewish Festivals: Exercise
Jewish Festival: Swimming
You may not swim on Jewish festivals .
Jewish Festivals: Exercise
Jewish Festival: Weight-Lifting
You may change weights on barbells or on a completely mechanical (no...
Jewish Festivals: Hair/Beards
Jewish Festival: Hair Cuts/Shaving
You may not have your hair cut and you may not shave on...
Separating the Challa Portion
Separating Challa after Baking
You may separate  challa  after baking (on weekdays only) if...
Jewish Festivals: Shacharit: Eating Before
Eating before Jewish Festival Midday
As on Shabbat , don’t fast on Jewish festivals (except Yom...
Amida: Errors: Tashlumin
Introduction to Amida: Errors: Tashlumin
Introduction to Missed Amida/Tashlumim If you accidentally miss any...
Torah Reading: Aliya Donation
Donation after Aliya
If you receive an aliya to the Torah on Shabbat and Jewish...
Shabbat: Kiddush: How Much To Pour
Pour Revi'it for Shabbat Kiddush
As on Jewish festivals , the minimum volume of kiddush beverage on...
Shabbat: Kiddush: How Much To Drink
Drinking Cheekful for Shabbat Kiddush
As on Jewish festivals , the minimum total volume of Shabbat...
Women: Jewish Festival Kiddush
Women: Who May Make Kiddush
For women’s obligation to say or hear Jewish festival morning...
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments (Mitzvot): Obligations
Women: Time-Based Positive Commandments/Mitzvot: Obligations
In addition to prayer obligations (see Women: Minimal Prayer ), women...
Eating before Havdala
Forgetting Ata Chonantanu
If you forgot to say ata chonantanu after Shabbat ( or Jewish...
Introduction to Shabbat
Goal of Creation
Shabbat was the goal of Creation. Just as God completed the...
Introduction to Agriculture
Introduction to Agriculture
All of the Jewish festival holidays had an agricultural element to them....
Introduction to Mourning
Introduction to Mourning
Who Is a Mourner A mourner is defined in halacha as someone...
Introduction to Shavuot
Introduction to Shavuot
Shavuot ( Yom HaBikurim in the Torah) celebrates and commemorates...
Introduction to Sukkot
Introduction to Sukkot
Sukkot means “huts.” The Jewish festival of Sukkot...
Year of Mourning: Marrying
Remarrying after a Wife Dies
If a wife dies, the husband must wait for three Jewish festival...
When Shabbat Ends/Motza'ei Shabbat
Shabbat Ends at Dark
You may not end Shabbat before dark (appearance of three medium-size...
Year of Mourning: Mourners Leading a Minyan
Mourners Leading a Minyan
The dead person benefits if his/her son or sons lead...
Sukka: Blessings
Sukkot: Blessings: SheHecheyanu
First Night: Say she’hecheyanu after saying leisheiv...
HaMotzi: Which Foods HaMotzi Covers
Which Foods HaMotzi Covers
Ha’motzi always covers all food eaten as part of a meal, except...
Women: Ya’aleh V’Yavo
Women: Ya'aleh V'Yavo
If a girl age 12 or up or a woman forgets to say ya’aleh...
Amida Errors: Chonein HaDaat/Yismach Moshe/Tikanta Shabbat/Ata Echad/Rashei Chodashim/Ata Vichartanu
Amida Errors: Chonein HaDaat/Yismach Moshe/Tikanta Shabbat/Ata Echad/Rashei Chodashim/Ata Vichartanu
What : Chonein HaDaat/Yismach Moshe/Tikanta Shabbat/Ata...
Introduction to Havdala
Introduction to Havdala
Havdala is said after Shabbat , Jewish festivals , Rosh Hashana...
Year of Mourning: Public Festivities
Public Festivities for Mourner for Non-Parent
A mourner for the five categories of people other than parents (spouse;...
Year of Mourning: Public Festivities
Public Festivities for Mourner for Parent
A mourner may not generally enter a hall of joyous celebration and...
Shabbat: Trapped Animals
Shabbat: Trapping/Releasing Animals
You may not trap wild animals on Shabbat (or on a Jewish festival...
Women: Minimum to Pray
Women: Minimum to Pray
The minimum amount of prayer that women and girls 12 years old and up...
BUSINESS OWNERSHIP
Owning Business that Violates Torah Law
Owning a business that has any violations of Torah laws is forbidden....
Shabbat Candles: How Many To Light
Shabbat: Candles: Wives: Light Two (or More)
Wives should light two candles for Shabbat (and Jewish festivals ),...
Shiv'a: Greeting
Greeting during Shiv'a
A mourner may not greet someone in return but may acknowledge a greeting...
Hallel
Order of Prayers with Hallel
To say hallel on Shabbat and Jewish festivals : You do...
Jewish Festivals: Ma'ariv
Saying Ma'ariv at Plag HaMincha
You may say ma'ariv before the start of a Jewish festival as...
Shabbat: Candles: Blessing
Shabbat: Candles: Lighting with Wrong Blessing
If you said the blessing for Jewish festival candles instead of for...
CHALLA SEPARATION
When To Separate Challa (Hafrashat Challa)
You must separate a small portion of dough for the cohanim/priests...
Passover: Kashering
Passover: When To Finish Kashering
When kashering an oven or utensils for Passover , you may kasher:...
Hosting Guests (Hachnasat Orchim)
Inviting Friends for Meals
Inviting friends to your house for meals, even on Shabbat and Jewish...
Rosh Hashana: Challa Customs
Rosh Hashana: Challa Customs: Round Challa
It is a custom to make round challa for Rosh Hashana and other...
Hosting Guests (Hachnasat Orchim)
To Whom To Give Food and Lodging
We are commanded to give food and accommodation ( hachnasat orchim )...
Shabbat: Selecting/Boreir
Introduction to Shabbat and Selecting/Boreir
Selecting Good from Bad and Bad from Good Boreir Principle #1 : You...
Psalm 27/L'David Adonai Ori V'Yish'i
When To Say Psalm 27/L'David Adonai Ori V'Yish'i
Begin saying L'David Adonai ori v'yish'i (Psalm 27) on the...
Rosh Hashana: End
Rosh Hashana: End: Baruch HaMavdil Bein Kodesh L'Chol and Birkat HaMazon
Saying Baruch ha’mavdil bein kodesh l’chol after dark at...
Havdala: Final Blessing
Havdala: Final Blessing
The normal havdala ending blessing is Baruch ha’mavdil bein...
Shiv'a: Torah Study
Torah Study during Shiv'a
A mourner during shiv’a may not study Torah, other than:...
Shabbat: Exercise
Shabbat: Stretching
You may stretch on Shabbat (and Jewish festivals ) to make yourself...
Shabbat: Hair/Beards
Shabbat: Hair Cuts/Shaving
You may not have your hair cut and you may not shave on...
Shabbat: Laundry
Introduction to Shabbat: Laundry
You may not wash or hang up wet laundry on Shabbat ( or Jewish...
Introduction to SheHecheyanu
Introduction to SheHecheyanu: When Obligatory
Say she’hecheyanu for: Acquisitions, Jewish...
Shabbat: Makeup
Shabbat: Applying Makeup
Women and girls may not apply any nail polish or makeup on Shabbat...
Shabbat: Makeup
Shabbat: Removing Makeup
On Shabbat (or Jewish festivals ), a girl or woman may remove...
Shabbat: Mops
Shabbat: Mopping
You may squeegee a floor on Shabbat (or Jewish festival) --as is...
Birkat HaMazon: When To Repeat
Birkat HaMazon: When To Repeat If Forgot Additions
When saying birkat ha’mazon , you must repeat birkat...
Shabbat: Nail Cutting
Shabbat: Nail Cutting
You may not bite your nails or have them cut on Shabbat (and Jewish...
Shabbat: Pumps
Shabbat: Well Water
You may use water from a pump-operated well on Shabbat (as on Jewish...
Blessing the Children/Birkat HaBanim
Blessing the Children: How To Bless: How To Place Hands
You may use one or two hands when giving a blessing, such as when...
Blessing the Children/Birkat HaBanim
Blessing the Children: When To Bless
Bless children on: Friday night, Saturday night (this...
TEMPLE (Zeicher L'Churban)
Tearing (Kri'a) on Seeing Temple Ruins
You must tear four vertical inches at the neck of your shirt (and...
Introduction to Separating Challa
Introduction to Separating Challa
Although challa refers to the two loaves of bread (or matza ) over...
Charity/Tzedaka: How Often To Give
Charity Daily on Weekdays
You should give charity daily (except  Shabbat and Jewish...
Kiddush Levana: When To Say
Kiddush Levana: When To Say: Custom not To Say
It is customary not to say kiddush levana: During the...
Being an Onen
Being an Onen: Saying Kaddish
Some communities have the custom of an onen’s saying kaddish....
In the Presence of the Body
Shomer for Several Days
When a person dies on Shabbat or a Jewish festival , a watcher (...
Jewish Festivals: Leaving the World of Work
Refraining from Distracting Work
You may not do any work or get involved in any project that might...
Jewish Festivals: Ending: Havdala: Who Must Say/Hear
Men and Women Must Say/Hear Havdala
The following must each hear or say havdala for themselves:...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Who May Make
Jewish Man or Woman Making Kiddush
Any adult Jew, male or female, may say kiddush for him/herself and, as...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: Cup & Wine Bottles
Uncovered Wine Bottles/Cups
You do not need to close the wine bottle or cover the other wine...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: When To Speak or Drink
When You May Drink after Kiddush
You may drink your own beverage as long as: The leader (...
Jewish Festivals: Kiddush: When To Speak or Drink
When You May Speak after Kiddush
You may speak, even without having drunk anything yourself, once:...
Kadeish: Making Kiddush
Everyone Must Drink at Seder
At the Passover seder , all Jews above the age of bar mitzva or...
Jewish Festivals: Two Loaves (Lechem Mishneh): How Much May Be Missing
How Much Challa May Be Missing
Less than 1/48th missing is still considered a whole loaf. So if you...
Kadeish: Making Kiddush
Passover Kiddush
Passover , like all Jewish festivals , is differentiated from...
Jewish Festivals: Two Loaves (Lechem Mishneh): How To Cover
White Challa Cover Above and Below
As on Shabbat, on  Jewish festivals  you should place a...
Kadeish: How Much To Fill and Drink
Majority of the Cup/Rov Kos
The seder is the only time in the year that you must drink most of...
Jewish Festivals: Two Loaves (Lechem Mishneh): Salt
Why Dip Challa in Salt
Before eating bread (at any time, not just on Shabbat or Jewish...
Sukka: Building or Fixing
Building or Fixing a Sukka on Sukkot
A Jew may fix or build a sukka on chol ha’moed. A...
Introduction to Chol HaMoed
Introduction to Chol HaMoed
The intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot (between the first and...
Chol HaMoed: Shaving and Hair Cuts
Chol HaMoed: Exceptions for Shaving
It is best not to shave during chol ha’moed .  You MAY...
Introduction to Passover
Introduction to Passover
Introduction to Passover:...
Amida: Reader's Repetition: Priestly Blessing (Birkat Cohanim)
Birkat Cohanim: Talit over Child's Head
It is a custom for fathers to cover their sons’ heads with their...
What To Use for Challa
What Is Challa
C halla refers to the two loaves of bread (or matza ) over which we...
Making Challa
Six-Braid Challa for Shabbat
It is a non-binding custom to braid challa as a reminder of the 12...
Passover: Ending Day(s): SheHecheyanu
Passover: Ending Day(s): SheHecheyanu
Do not say she’hecheyanu when lighting candles or saying...
Lulav: Storing
Lulav: Storing: Replacing into Water
You may put the myrtle and willow branches into water after using them...
Pre-Prayer: Charity
Charity To Enhance Prayers
It is an enhancement of our prayers to give charity at shacharit...
Minyan: Amen: When 10 Men Includes Prayer Leader
Prayer Leader of 10 Men Should Wait
A prayer service leader for a group of only 10 men including himself...
What To Pray: Personal Requests: Amida
Where To Add Personal Requests in Amida
You may add personal requests to the amida on weekdays (not Shabbat...
What To Pray: Praying for Sick Person
Yehi Ratzon of Refa'einu for a Sick Person
To pray for a sick person, say the yehi ratzon inserted into the...
Shabbat: Kiddush: Requirements
To fulfill kiddush requirements of “establishing a meal,”...
Shabbat: Kiddush: Who May Make
Jewish Man or Woman Making Kiddush
As on Jewish festivals , any adult Jew, male or female, may say...
Shabbat: Setting the Table
How To Cover the Challot
On Shabbat (and Jewish festivals ), you should place a white cover...
Shabbat: Kiddush: How Much To Pour
If Not Enough Wine
If there is not enough wine or grape juice for Shabbat (or Jewish...
Shabbat: Setting the Table
Setting the Shabbat Table
Set the Shabbat table with nice tableware and tablecloth.  The...
Shabbat: Kiddush: Cup & Wine Bottles
Shabbat: Uncovered Wine Bottles/Cups
You do not need to close the wine bottle or cover the other wine cups...
Shabbat: Kiddush: Cup & Wine Bottles
Shabbat: Your Own Kiddush Cup
As on Jewish festivals , if you want to drink kiddush wine, you may...
Shabbat: Two Loaves (Lechem Mishneh): Which To Cut
Saturday Morning: Cut Upper Challa
On Saturday morning, cut the upper challa of the two challot . ...
Shabbat: Two Loaves (Lechem Mishneh): Salt
Why Dip Challa in Salt?
Before eating bread (at any time, not just on Shabbat or Jewish...
Shabbat: Dinner: How To Do Kiddush
What To Drink for Shabbat Dinner Kiddush
Wine (or grape juice) is the only drink permissible for Friday evening...
Eating before Shabbat Shacharit
Women and Minimum Prayer before Saying Shabbat Kiddush
The minimum prayer that a woman should say on Shabbat (or Jewish...
Shabbat: Lunch: How To Do Kiddush
How To Do Shabbat Daytime Kiddush
There are two requirements for  Shabbat  daytime...
Shabbat: Second Meal
How To Fulfill Eating Shabbat Second Meal
You must eat a second meal on Shabbat (or Jewish festival ) day...
Shabbat: Owning Business Operated on Shabbat
Owning a Business Operated on Shabbat
A business whose sole or major owner is Jewish may not be operated on...
Volume/Liquid
Volume/Liquid
1 Revi’it = Usually 3.3 fl. oz. (99 ml); but 4 fl. oz. (119 ml)...
Shabbat: Moving Fans and Heaters
Shabbat: Moving Electric Heater
You may pick up and move an electric heater on  Shabbat...
Shabbat: Creams and Oils
Shabbat: Squeezing, Dabbing, and Smearing Medicinal Creams
You may squeeze a tube of cream on Shabbat, but you might not be able...
Migdol or Magdil
Birkat HaMazon Once Shabbat Ends: Migdol or Magdil
When saying birkat ha’mazon after Shabbat until halachic...
Ya'aleh V'Yavo
If You Forgot Ya'aleh V'Yavo
Situation You forgot to say ya'aleh v'yavo in birkat...

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