Fixing a car on Chol Hamoed

May one fix a car on Chol Hamoed?[1]

It is permitted to fix a car on Chol Hamoed.[2] However, it is only permitted to do so for the sake of using the car for the sake of the Moed.[3] Likewise, it is only permitted to do so if the fixing is defined as Maaseh Hedyot, which means that it can be performed by any amateur and does not require a professional [such as to change a flat tire].[4] It is however forbidden to perform a fixing that is defined as Maaseh Uman, professional work, even if it is for the sake of the Moed, unless one of the listed exceptions of Maaseh Uman is applicable.[5] One may not fix a car even with Maaseh Hedyot, for the sake of traveling from Eretz Yisrael to the Diaspora.[6] Thus, one may not fix a flat tire for the sake of traveling to Eilat.[7]


[1] Michaber ibid

[2] Michaber ibid regarding fixing an animal for the ride

[3] M”B 536/2 in name of Beis Yosef; See P”M 536 A”A 1 that it is forbidden to fix the animal for the sake of traveling for monetary purposes; Chol Hamoed Kehilchasa Tikkunim 266; Piskeiy Teshuvos 536/1 footnote 1

[4] Piskeiy Teshuvos 536/1; Chol Hamoed Kehilchasa ibid

[5] Chol Hamoed Kehilchaso 7/76

[6] M”A 536/1

[7] Chol Hamoed Kehilchasa 7/79

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