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Laundry on rosh chodesh

Question:

Hello Rabbi,
I know many women have the custom not to do laundry on Rosh Chodesh and I do not. However, when staying with less observant relatives, one (female) washed sheets. Is it still okay for me to use them?

Answer:

Thank you for your question.

The laundry may be used even if it was washed on Rosh Chodesh. There is a minhag that many women as it is a sort of Yom Tov for them, because they didn’t want to give their jewelry for the golden calf. Therefore they have a minhag not to do laundry of sew. However the severity if this minhag is not like a person who violated the Shabbos, which would forbid using the food that was cooked etc. Therefore the clothing may be used.

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3 Comments

  1. There’s no answer to this anywhere! Is it permitted for a Jew to mow the lawn or rake leaves on Rosh Chodesh, and/or can a Non-Jew be hired to do it for a Jew?

    1. It is permitted for the Jew to do it himself. Essentially on Rosh Chodesh we may do melacha. There are certain malachos however that women abstain from doing on Rosh Chodesh , such as laundry and sewing. Otherwise everything else is permitted.

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