Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 86:1
Bathing on Shabbos

1. It is forbidden to wash one's entire body or the majority of one's body [on Shabbos] in hot water, even if the water was heated up before the commencement of Shabbos (1). [This prohibition applies] even when washing oneself limb by limb. It is forbidden to enter a bathhouse even for the purpose of sweating. One may, however, wash one's face, hands, and feet (2) with hot water that was heated before Shabbos (3).

FOOTNOTES:

(1) Originally, bathing in hot water heated before Shabbos was permitted. However, the Sages discovered that many bathhouse owners were heating up water on Shabbos itself, and claiming that they heated it up before Shabbos. In response to this, the Sages prohibited bathing but still allowed entering the bathhouse on Shabbos for the purpose of sweating. They then discovered that people were entering bathhouses to bathe in hot water, and then claiming that they only entered to sweat. Consequently, the Sages prohibited entering the bathhouse even for sweating purposes (Shabbos 40).

(2) Or any other part of the body, as long as one doesn't wash the majority of one's body.

(3) According to the Mishna Berura in his Be'ur Halacha (326:1), if one is experiencing great discomfort, one may bathe in hot water which was heated before Shabbos. Others disagree.

  Table of Contents   Paragraph 2 Next 

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

 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Telling Others
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Matzah and Guideposts
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Parshas Acharei Mos and Pesach
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

> Yosef’s Bones And Splitting Of The Sea: A Lesson In Unity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

The Eternal Impact of the Exodus
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

The Passover Order
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

ArtScroll

Giving Thanks for Doors Opened
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Who Knows One?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Rachtza Through Shulchan Orech
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Great Shabbos
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5760

15 Steps To Freedom
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Why Women Saved the Day
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

4 Seder Cups & 1 Yiddishe Cup
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Break Free!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756

A Physical Song
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Seven Days of Pesach
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756



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