Shavua tov. Just a few arbitrary questions for Chol Hamoed. Sorry for the lengthy list…
For something to be permitted on Chol Hamoed, must it be hedyot and Tzorech Hachag or does only one condition suffice?
Also, it seems like the rules for Chol Hamoed are very tricky and not all sources are consistent with what is and isn’t allowed. Some say that writing by hand it totally forbidden. Would writing for leisure, journaling, taking notes on a book/class/interview be a problem if it’s simple writing? Would it make a difference if one is writing to reference the writing later on after Chag?
Is there an issue with sketching, drawing or painting in a casual manner, for yourself and not to publish anywhere?
What about typing? I’ve heard it’s okay, but what about typing to publish for a blog or to profit from the blog?
And if I have photos on a memory card that I want to sort and edit to save on my computer, is that ok? I’ve been working on some family history / family tree and stuff and want to interview some family members by recording their voices on my phone and maybe writing some things down. Is that ok? Are there any limitations to what I can do on my laptop on Chol Hamoed? Does creative work change the circumstances of what is and isn’t allowed on the computer?
Thanks for the help! It’s truly appreciated.