Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wearing a watch outside an Eruv


One may wear a watch on one's wrist outside an Eruv on Shabbat, as this is like clothing, but one may not carry a pocket watch, or a watch attached to one's garment.

One who is careful should avoid wearing a wristwatch, lest he come to accidentally permit one of the other kinds of watches. [Note: Rav Moshe Feinstein wrote this in 1957; it is possible that he would not have been as concerned for this once the other types of watches became rare. On the other hand, this responsum does not address digital watches, with buttons which might easily be pressed by accident.]

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 1:111)

Have a great day,

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