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Yom Tov Activities: D-F
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DOORS Replacing Doors You may not replace a door on its hinges and you may not replace a sliding door onto its track on Jewish festivals. REASON: This is due to the melacha of boneh (building). ELECTRICITY Turning Off Electrical Devices You may not turn off or disconnect an operating electrical device (such as an […]
Activities Permitted and Forbidden on Yom Tov: C
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CHILDREN Children and Melacha As on Shabbat, you may not have a child, even younger than gil chinuch, do melacha for you on a Jewish festival. CHILDREN’S GAMES Ball Playing in Yard or Eruv Playing ball is not forbidden on Jewish festivals, as long as the Jewish festival does not coincide with Shabbat (in which […]
Activities Permitted and Forbidden on Yom Tov: A-B
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ACQUISITIONS You may not acquire items (kinyan) on Jewish festivals unless they are needed for that Jewish festival or for a mitzva. The classic example is bringing food or wine to a house for Jewish festival lunch, which the house owner acquires on the Jewish festival for the Jewish festival. Other permissible kinyan on Jewish […]
Havdala After Yom Tov
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Jewish Festival Havdala at Night or Next Day Say Jewish festival havdala at night.  If this is impossible, say it the next day but only until sunset on the day after the Jewish festival. NOTE: This is different from havdala after Shabbat! Men and Women Must Say/Hear Havdala The following must each hear or say […]
Yom Tov Day – Lunch Through Conclusion
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Daytime Kiddush To fulfill the two requirements for Jewish festival daytime kiddush: Say, or hear, at least #b and #c of these Jewish festival daytime kiddush blessings/segments: a) Eileh mo’adei Adonai mikra’ei kodesh asher tikri’u otam b’mo’adam. NOTE: It is not a universal custom to say the above sentence. b) Va’yidaber Moshe eht mo’adei Adonai […]
Yom Tov: Eating Before Davening, Yizkor, Musaf
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Eating Before Making Jewish Festival Kiddush As on Shabbat, you may eat non-mezonot and non-bread food before praying Jewish festival shacharit and without making kiddush, in order to avoid hunger or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Women and Minimum Prayer before Jewish Festival Kiddush The minimum prayer that a woman should say on Jewish festival (or […]
Rosh Chodesh
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Introduction to Rosh Chodesh Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the Jewish (lunar) month, is a minor holiday of one or two days, depending on whether the previous month was 29 or 30 days.  When the preceding month is 30 days long, the 30th day becomes the first day of Rosh Chodesh and the second day of Rosh Chodesh is […]
Evening Kiddush on Yom Tov
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JEWISH FESTIVALS: EVENING KIDDUSH To fulfill the two requirements for Jewish festival evening kiddush: Make Kiddush Say, or hear, the three Jewish festival evening kiddush blessings/segments: Borei pri hagafen (if on wine or grape juice—preferred option), OR Hamotzi (on two challot if you have no wine or grape juice, since no chamar medina is allowed […]
Lechem Mishna on Yom Tov
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WHAT TO USE Bagels for HaMotzi You may use two bagels for the two loaves (lechem mishneh), even though they are already sliced most of the way through, if you can pick up each bagel by its slightly smaller half and the larger half does not fall off. Crackers for HaMotzi The minimum volume of […]
Yom Tov: Kiddush
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KIDDUSH: WHO MAY MAKE Jewish Man or Woman Making Kiddush Any adult Jew, male or female, may say kiddush for him/herself and, as long as he/she still needs to say kiddush for him/herself, may include other Jews. Any Jewish male, 13 years old or older, may say kiddush for anyone else, either gender and any […]