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Using Dryer on Chol Ha-Mo’ed

If one needs to make a wash in Chol Hamo’ed can one use a dryer machine to dry the clothes.


Yes, this is permitted. Whereas laundry is considered to be a “major melachah,” which is prohibited on Chol Ha-Mo’ed, there is no special melachah of drying clothes, and it is permitted to do so on Chol Ha-Mo’ed (see Orach Chaim 534, concerning laundry; drying the clothes is not mentioned).

In any case, if washing the clothes is permitted, you are permitted to complete the washing process by drying the clothes, and there is no difference between hanging up the clothes, and using the machine to dry them.

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