Monday, February 9, 2015

Threading a shoelace


One may not thread a shoelace into a shoe on Shabbat, unless the lace was already in use for that shoe. The reason is that designating the lace to remain in this shoe is an act of rendering the shoe functional.

Based on this logic, it would appear that one could insert a temporary lace, where it was clear that the lace would not remain there - such as where the colour was wrong for the shoe, or where the lace was borrowed from someone else. However, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach ruled not to distinguish among cases in this matter.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:243)

Have a great day,

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