Monday, April 8, 2013

A hair clip outside the eruv


A woman may travel outside the eruv with a clip in her hair, where the clip is used to keep her braids in place. However, she may not do this if the goal is to transport the clip to her destination.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 1:48)

Have a great day,


  1. Why would a woman need to carry a clip to a destination on Shabbos? What an unusual shayla. Surely, if she's wearing the clip, it's for her own benefit. And if she's carrying it for a friend (presumably her friend is unmarried and hence can braid her hair), why would she need it on Shabbos?

  2. Raz-
    My sense from the responsum is that Rav Moshe was asked about wearing such a clip, and he opted to include a note regarding wearing a clip for the sake of bringing it to a particular location.

    I am not surprised by the question, though; I could envision a scenario in which the clip was needed only at the eventual location, and not here.

    [I'm not sure what you meant about an unmarried woman being uniquely able to braid her hair.]