Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Taking a Shower

In the times of the Gemara bathing was a major undertaking, and one could get heavily involved with it and miss the time of praying. As a result of this possibility, Chazal decreed that it was forbidden to enter a bathhouse before Minchah. However, bathing before the designated time for Shacharis was permitted (Shulchan Aruch 89,7).

Today with indoor plumbing, bathing has become faster and more simplified, and we are no longer worried that a person will get so caught up with washing that he will miss the designated time of tefillah. However, since a person should not involve himself with his personal needs before he has prayed, he should try to avoid showering before Shacharis, if possible. If one feels he needs to wash before praying, or if this is the only time he can do so, he may shower before prayer (Responsa Az Nidbaru 6,43).

Some people have the custom to go to the mikvah before praying. Showering beforehand is a courtesy to others who will later enter the mikvah, and also removes any dirt from the body which might invalidate the tevilah. In this case, showering beforehand is considered to be a mitzvah, and someone who goes to the mikvah should certainly shower beforehand (Responsa Shevet Halevei 9,1,2).


Text Copyright 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 

ARTICLES ON PINCHAS AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

The Killer Peacemaker
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

'Standing in' for Hashem
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

Tamid: From Start to Finish
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Forgotten Oaths
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Grandson of Aharon -- The Lover of Peace
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

Manifestations of Mourning
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Why Do We Mourn?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Daughters-and-Law
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

Healing Wonders
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

> Murphy's Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Forever Sensitive
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

When Moshiach Comes
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

ArtScroll

Rebuilding the Temple
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5768

Personal Judge
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Moshe's Sales Pitch
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Anger Management
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762



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