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Nails & Chol HaMoed

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May one cut ones nails during Chol HaMoed?


The Rama and the Shulchan Aruch disagree on whether one may cut his nails on Chol HaMoed; the Rama prohibits it, while the Shulchan Aruch permits one to cut both his toenails and fingernails, even with a nail clipper. That being said, Sephardim are permitted to cut nails, while the Ashkenazic custom is to refrain from doing so. [1]


[1] Shulchan Aruch 532:1; Chazon Ovadia, Yom Tov, p. 194. See also Kaf HaChaim §4, which states that the Sepharadic custom is like the ruling of the Shulchan Aruch, even though there are some Sepharadim who refrain from doing so. Even according to the stringent custom of the Rama, if one cuts his nails every Erev Shabbat, or if he cut his nails on Erev Yom Tov, he may also do so on Chol HaMoed. See Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 104:12; Mishnah Berurah §2; Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchatah 66:33; and Chut Shani on Hilchot Chol HaMoed, p. 227. Similarly, Kaf HaChaim §41 says that even Ashkenazim who follow the Rama may have their nails cut by a non-Jew.

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