Sunday, February 1, 2015

Medical ID bracelet on Shabbos


[Please see the disclaimer atop this blog - like all of the "daily halachah" listings, this represents the views brought in the cited responsum below, and it is not necessarily a universally accepted ruling.]

There are conflicting opinions regarding wearing a medical bracelet outside an eruv on Shabbat. Some contend that there is no halachic concern at all, since this is a garment. Others argue that it is only permitted because of medical need, and if so one should opt to stay indoors where that is reasonably possible.

Therefore, it would be best to find some other way to note one's medical information. Where that is not possible, one could satisfy all of the views by attaching the bracelet to one's sleeve. And where that is not possible, one may rely on the views that see the bracelet as a garment.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:237)

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