Sunday, December 21, 2014

Soaking a hand on Shabbat


On Shabbat, one may not engage in medicine-related activities, unless one is in danger or in debilitating discomfort. However, one may engage in therapeutic activities which 1) do not relate to taking medicine, and 2) are not visibly medicinal.

Therefore, one whose hand is injured, and who needs to soak it in order to relieve the pain, may do so on Shabbat. It is not visibly therapeutic; also, we are talking about a case in which the pain is considerable.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:222:6)

חג אורים שמח,

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