Laundry on Chol Hamoed

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Dear Rabbi Simon
Can I wash clothes needed for yom tov on chol hamoed?
Thank you

Hi Lauren,
Thank you for your question. The simple answer is “no, you may not,” although there are limited circumstances in which this may be allowed. These include:

  • No other clean clothes available. (Although even if this is the case, it is preferable to buy than to launder, if this is an option.)
  • Clothes of young children difficult to keep clean (or stockpile in sufficient quantity).
  • Clothing (also towels or linens) badly soiled which is a hazard or unpleasant to keep as is
  • A stain which may not be removable if left for several days.

There is more to be said on this topic for a thorough treatment, but I hope this is helpful.
Chag Sameach
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Ask the Rabbi: Quinoa on Pesach
Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
Many thanks,
Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
Rabbi Rashi Simon
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