Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 84:5
Laws of Carrying: Clothing & Jewelry

5. A lame person, a person who has just recovered from illness, and a very old man - who are not able to walk without the aid of a cane - are allowed to walk [in a public domain] carrying a cane [on Shabbos] (1). If, however, the person is able to walk without a cane (2) and, although he generally uses one for support when he goes out, he walks without using one in his own house, he is forbidden to carry [the cane in the public domain on Shabbos].

Similarly, a blind man may not carry a cane [on Shabbos] (3) in a city which does not have an "Eiruv" (4). Furthermore, a person who doesn't need a cane at all, is forbidden to walk out [into the public domain] with one, even in a city that has an "Eiruv", for doing so demeans Shabbos ("Zilusa DeShabbos").

FOOTNOTES:

(1) Since these people can't walk without the cane, it is considered equivalent to their shoes, and not an extra burden that they are carrying (Mishna Berura 301:63).

(2) This is true, even if the person's body trembles when he walks (MB 301:64).

(3) This is because a blind person only needs the cane for direction, but not for the actual walking itself (MB 301:68). There are those who say that it is only prohibited if the blind person knows his way around; however, if he needs his cane in order to prevent tripping on things, he is likened to the lame and may use his cane.

(4) An "eiruv" is an enclosure consisting of a series of poles or the like, with wire or string pulled tight over the top of them. It turns the area enclosed by it (sometimes even a number of neighborhoods), into a private domain ("Reshus HaYochid"), thereby permitting carrying within it.

(5) Even if the cane is decorated beautifully, and one carries it as a status symbol, it is still forbidden to carry it where there is no "eiruv." This is because although it is considered equivalent to jewelry, one is only permitted to wear jewelry, but not carry it in one's hands. However, within an "eiruv," one may carry a cane as a status symbol or if there is even a slight need for it. Only if there is no need whatsoever, is it considered demeaning to Shabbos. (MB 301:66).

Back Paragraph 4  Table of Contents   Paragraphs 6-7 Next 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2002 Project Genesis, Inc.

 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

A Sobering Lesson
- 5768

Three Philosophies at Bavel
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

The Rainmaker
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Out of the Darkness
Shlomo Katz - 5773

In His Generation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Did The Animals Come Or Did Noach Have To Bring Them?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

In a Heartbeat
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Dissections and Connections
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Meaningful Speech
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

> Leave They Must
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

G-d's Message for All Humanity
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

What a Deal!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

ArtScroll

Language Barrier
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

The Gift of Meat
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

The Flood
Shlomo Katz - 5769

Make it a Habit
Shlomo Katz - 5774



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information