Chol HaMoed is a time that many people use to go on trips, such as Six Flags and other such places. Chol HaMoed, of course, is the period of time that lies between Yom Tov and Chol. Although trips are fun anf sources of great family bonding, it is also a time of intense holiness too.
It is important to recall that many people do not wear Tefillin on Chol HaMoed because of its elevated stature – that it is Yom Tov. Gardening is forbidden during this time as well. On Chol HaMoed, one should wear better clothing then they do during the week. One should eat meat and drink wine during these times too.
MALACHA ON CHOL HAMOED
Malacha work on Chol HaMoed is forbidden unless it fits into certain parameters. Unfortunately, the laws of Chol HaMoed are not well known. If any question comes up, a Rav should be consulted. There are essentially only five heterim for work to be done on Chol HaMoed. They are:
1] Tzorchei HaMoed – for the needs of Yom Tov
2] Davar Ha’Aved – If something will be ruined or destroyed if the work is not done. Permanent damage to a business is included under this heter.
3] Tzorchei Rabim – A great communal need, such as a broken Mikvah, Eruv, street, sewage pipe.
4] Poel V’ain Lo Mah L’echol – If someone has no food to eat and requires to make money in order to buy food.
5] Maaseh Hedyot – If it is an amateur action as opposed to a Maaseh Uman – a professional action. Repairing a car, for example, is generally a Maaseh Uman and is forbidden. Changing a tire is a Maaseh hedyot. Ironing pleats on a skirt is a Maaseh Uman. Tailoring and dressmaking is a Maaseh uman and forbidden. Sometimes a temporary hem can be sewn very unprofessionally and that is a Maaseh hedyot. Driving a car would be a Maaseh uman but since everyone does it, the Poskim have explained that it is now considered a Maaseh hedyot.
A Rav should always be consulted whenever any question arises regarding Chol HaMoed.