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Moed Katan 11: Amateur Hour

Constructing a layman’s railing, or plaster the oven, and other such labors at the amateur level, even if a professional might also do them, where the professional work is not acceptable on Chol HaMoed, but the homegrown version is permitted. Plus, the noisy construction that took place in Jerusalem until Yochanan the High Priest curtailed it. Note also the connection to “davar ha-aved” – to preventing significant financial loss – and what is permitted when. Also, chapter 2! One who is interrupted from an ongoing process of labor (here, specifically, turning over olives for olive oil), whether because of the death of a close relative or an accident or false reports by one’s workers…. That task can be continued on Chol HaMoed. Consider the connection being made here between the mourning period and Chol HaMoed, and also how the halakhot differ with regard to each period of time

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Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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