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Laws of Shabbos #198

Hairspray and Hair Gel The issue: memareiach/ smoothing, boneh/ building   The solution: One may not use hair gel on Shabbos. According to some, one may first style one’s hair and then apply hairspray.

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Laws of Shabbos #197

Brushing Hair The issue: gozez/ pulling hair out of a live being.   The solution: One may brush softly using a soft brush. One should also designate a special brush for Shabbos use.  

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Laws of Shabbos #196

Showering The issues: bishul/ heating, decree against bathing in hot water and possibly cold water, sechita/ squeezing liquid out of a solid (even hair)   The solution: If one is extremely uncomfortable one may take a cold shower on Shabbos. One should put shampoo on one’s hair before wetting their hair and then rinse it more »

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Laws of Shabbos #196

Makeup The issue: tzovei’ah/ coloring   The solution: Many are stringent and prohibit the application of any makeup on Shabbos. However, there is an opinion that allows powdered makeup, known as “shabbos makeup.” Due to the specific nature of this makeup, it is best to only purchase Shabbos makeup that has a certification, such as more »

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Laws of Shabbos #195

Perfume The issue: scenting clothing is forbidden on Shabbos.   The solution: perfume is not placed on one’s clothing and therefore permitted.   Deodorant The issue: mema’rei’ach/ smoothing   The solution: One should not use gel or stick deodorant on Shabbos. One may use spray deodorant or roll-on.   

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Laws of Shabbos #194

Brushing Teeth and Flossing The issues: mema’rei’ach/ smoothing (as it is applied to teeth), sechita/ squeezing (water/ toothpaste out of brush), drawing blood, (nolad/ creating something new as the toothpaste changes form coming out of the tube)   The solution: Gargle with toothpaste/ use mouthwash and use a dry toothbrush. This is only if one more »

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Laws of Shabbos #192

Lip Balm The issues: mema’rei’ach/ smoothing, refuah/ healing   The solution: If one is experiencing only a minor discomfort one may not medicate. If one was in a very uncomfortable situation there would be no issue of medicating. However, due to the issue of smoothing one should not use lip balm unless it is in more »

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Laws of Shabbos #191

Hand/ Body Cream The issue: mema’rei’ach/ smoothing, refuah/ healing   The solution: If one is experiencing only a minor discomfort one may not medicate. If one was in a very uncomfortable situation there would be no issue of medicating. However, due to the issue of smoothing, the best method to go about anointing oneself is more »

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Laws of Shabbos #190

We will spend the next few days discussing the laws of Shabbos as they pertain to hygiene. Soap The issue: mema’rei’ach/ smoothing, nolad/ creating something new   The solution: One may not use a bar of soap on Shabbos due to the prohibition of smoothing. Liquid soap may be used on Shabbos. The way to more »

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Laws of the Three Weeks #19

There are a number of unique practices this Shabbos due to the fact that it is the ninth of Av and Erev Tisha B’Av. Ashkenazi custom is to avoid marital relations unless it is the night of the Mikvah or if it could impacts one’s mitzvah of having children. One eats a regular Shalosh Seudos more »

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