October 16, 2011 4:43 am at 4:43 am #599958
Is one permitted to write for homework and school assignment purposes on chol hamoed? What if one has class? Can you write in class to take notes and do assignments?October 16, 2011 4:50 am at 4:50 am #817325
What about writing on an online forum?October 16, 2011 4:53 am at 4:53 am #817326taking a breakMember
Kshmo thnx for asking. I have the same q for the assignment due mon morn. Anyone have an answer?October 16, 2011 4:56 am at 4:56 am #817327
typing is allowed. I want to know about writing in or for class, like physically writing.October 16, 2011 4:56 am at 4:56 am #817328
I was always told absolutely not. Unless the teacher really doesn’t understand or refuses to allow you to wait a week to do the assignment/homework then it should be considered a Davar Ha’aveid and should be okay. But that should be avoided if at all possible. Notes are usually possible to get from someone else.October 16, 2011 4:59 am at 4:59 am #817329brotherofursParticipant
when u say ‘class’ do u mean Torah class? if it is then the Rabbi i asked said you are allowed for Torah purposes.October 16, 2011 5:00 am at 5:00 am #817330
And bringing a laptop or tablet (iPad) to type your notes is okay (even thought writing is not)?October 16, 2011 5:02 am at 5:02 am #817331MiddlePathParticipant
I was told that one is permitted to write in such a situation. Though if you can write in an unusual manner, that may be better. For my classes, I have to draw besides write, both on paper and using an electronic drawing tablet, and I was told that both are permitted, even with drawing in the usual manner since I am graded partly on clarity and accuracy.October 16, 2011 5:05 am at 5:05 am #817332
Not sure about a tablet cuz thats writing, but read that typing is ok. I know I could potentially get notes but this is a class that involves active writing and assignments during the class session, like in class essays. And no, it is not a Torah class.October 16, 2011 5:06 am at 5:06 am #817333
Rav Elyashiv is of the opinion that typing is considered real writing for all Halachic intents and purposes. Many assume that there is more reason to be Meikil by writing. Ask your own Rabbi.October 16, 2011 5:18 am at 5:18 am #817334
Sam: So how are you typing here on this forum?October 16, 2011 5:23 am at 5:23 am #817335
Obviously I don’t hold like R’ Elyashiv in this case.October 16, 2011 5:24 am at 5:24 am #817336
Who do you hold by in this case?October 16, 2011 5:29 am at 5:29 am #817337
Everyone who has ever used e-daf.com, a Bar Ilan CD, or written any words of Torah on a computer screen.
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