Thursday, September 24, 2009

Covered parts of the body


Regarding yesterday's post, in which I noted that touching the "covered parts of the body" would necessitate re-washing for bread, I have been asked to clarify the meaning of "covered parts of the body." After all, that changesfrom society to society, and from season to season.

In this area of law - washing for bread - the issue is fundamentally that of sweat; parts of the body which are covered tend to develop perspiration. Therefore, any part of the body which is covered on any given day is in this category.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 4:21; Mishneh Berurah 164:9, 4:54)

Have a great day,

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