Sep 26, 2010
Interesting Psak: Construction Allowed
As the construction freeze in Judea and Samaria is about to end, people are still concerned that after a very short interlude in which construction will be allowed, Netanyahu is expected to soon re-implement the construction freeze, perhaps as soon as next week.
In light of these concerns, people living in the affected areas are going to be trying to get as much construction in in as short an amount of time as possible. They will be building 24 hours a day for as long as they can.
A group of avreichim from Modiin Ilit, a Haredi city affected by the freeze, went to Rav Wosner with a question of whether or not they can start construction immediately as the freeze ends, even though it is chol ha'moed, a time when normally any work that can be delayed is.
Rav Wosner's responded immediately that it is allowed to build.
Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar was also asked about whether or not it would be permitted to build during chol ha'moed. His response too was that it is allowed because the mitzva of yishuv Eretz Yisrael takes precedence over the rule of minimizing "work" during chol hamoed.