Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 86:4
Bathing on Shabbos

4. A person who bathes on Shabbos must be careful not to squeeze water from his hair (1). Similarly, he should be careful not to swim, since it is forbidden to swim on Shabbos or on a festival (2). Similarly, it is forbidden to cause anything else to float through the water, such as pieces of wood (3).

When bathing in a place where it is forbidden to carry on Shabbos, one must take a further precaution: before leaving the body of water, one should remove all the water from his body and hair, drying them thoroughly so that no water remains on his body to be transported from one domain to another. Furthermore, one must take care not to carry water (on one's body) more than four amos within the river itself, because a river is considered a "carmelis" [in which it is forbidden to carry] (4). For these reasons, it has become customary in these countries not to bathe (one's whole body) on Shabbos even in cold water (5), except for purposes associated with a mitzvah, for example, a woman in preparation for a "hefsek taharah" (6) (see Chapter 162, Law 7), or a man after a seminal emission (7).

FOOTNOTES:

(1) As we saw in Halacha Yomi 80:33-37, it is Biblically prohibited to wring liquid from an absorbent fabric, because it is part of the process of laundering ("Kibus"). The Rabbis extended this prohibition even to non-absorbent fabric that traps water between its fibres, and to hair.

(2) This is a rabbinical prohibition (See Shulchan Aruch 339:1).

(3) For example, it is prohibited to push the pieces aside in the water, in order to clear the area of water one is standing in. This prohibition applies only in a river, lake or ocean, not in a tub or pool.

(4) Some argue that while in the river itself, the water on one's body is considered to be connected to the water in the river, and thus it would not be considered carrying.

(5) In other words, due to the various prohibitions that one may come to violate while bathing, it became customary not to bathe one's whole body, even in cold water, on Shabbos.

(6) This required washing the genital area.

(7) Many men have the custom of immersing in a mikvah after a seminal emission.

Back  Paragraph 3  Table of Contents   Paragraph 5 Next 

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

 






ARTICLES ON TOLDOS:

View Complete List

A Time to pray and A Time to Laugh
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

A Meal for Eisav... a Fork for Ya'akov
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

Parshas Toldos
Shlomo Katz - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Wayward Child
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

Shifting the Blame Game
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Eisav the Businessman
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5762

ArtScroll

Inner Sanctity
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5761

Keen Sense of Smell
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

In the Face of Adversity
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

> Sour Lentils
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

His Father's Son
Shlomo Katz - 5765

“Birthright Battles & Material Worlds”
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Choose a Direction
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5755

Such Is The Power of Cynicism
- 5768

Raising Perfect Children?
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5775

The Spur of the Moment
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768



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