DailyHalacha.com for Mobile Devices Now Available

Select Halacha by date:

Or by subject:

Or by keyword:
Search titles and keywords only
Search All    

Weekly Perasha Insights
Shabbat Morning Derasha on the Parasha
Register To Receive The Daily Halacha By Email / Unsubscribe
Daily Parasha Insights via Live Teleconference
Syrian Sephardic Wedding Guide
Download Special Tefilot
A Glossary Of Terms Frequently Referred To In The Daily Halachot
About The Sources Frequently Quoted In The Halachot
About Rabbi Eli Mansour
Purchase Passover Haggadah with In Depth Insights by Rabbi Eli Mansour and Rabbi David Sutton
About DailyHalacha.Com
Contact us
Useful Links
Refund/Privacy Policy
Back to Home Page

Click Here to Sponsor Daily Halacha
"Delivered to Over 6000 Registered Recipients Each Day"

      
(File size: 4.33 MB)
Shabbat – Using Eyedrops for Lubrication, and Lotions for Chapped Skin

If a person on Shabbat needs drops to lubricate his eyes – such as for inserting contact lenses – he may use eyedrops for lubrication. This is the ruling of Hacham Ovadia Yosef, as cited in Yalkut Yosef (Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 110). Since this is not done for medical purposes, but simply to keep the eyes lubricated, it is permissible.

Hacham Ovadia permitted under certain circumstances the use on Shabbat of creams that are absorbed into the skin, despite the Shabbat prohibition of Memare’ah – smoothening a thick substance. This lenient ruling was based on the theory advanced by the Magen Abraham (Rav Abraham Gombiner, 1633-1683) that Memare’ah forbids smoothening a substance on a surface (such as applying wax to the cover of a barrel to seal it), but not when it is absorbed into the surface. Hacham Ovadia thus permitted the use of lotion for an infant’s rash, and for somebody suffering from a painful backache. However, the Mishna Berura Tiferet (328:76) notes that it is uncertain whether Hacham Ovadia would have also permitted applying hand cream to heal chapped skin on Shabbat. It is very possible that Hacham Ovadia allowed relying on the lenient position of the Magen Abraham only for the sake of a child, or in cases of severe pain. Therefore, it is proper to avoid the use of hand cream on Shabbat. By the same token, one should not use olive oil to treat chapped lips or chapped skin on Shabbat. Since olive oil is used on skin today exclusively for medicinal purposes, this would be forbidden on Shabbat due to the prohibition of Refu’a (taking medicine on Shabbat).

Summary: One who needs to lubricate his eyes on Shabbat (such as to insert contact lenses) may take lubricating eyedrops. Although it is permissible on Shabbat to apply lotion to an infant’s rash, and to use lotion in cases of considerable pain, it is proper to avoid using on Shabbat lotions or olive oil to treat chapped lips or chapped skin.


 


Recent Daily Halachot...
The Use of a Baby Monitor on Shabbat
Applying Ice to Reduce Swelling on Shabbat
Shabbat – Treating Dislocated or Broken Bones; the Use of Band-Aids and Iodine
Applying a Bandage with Ointment to a Wound on Shabbat
Food Cooked by a Gentile on Shabbat for an Ill Patient
Shabbat – Using Eyedrops for Lubrication, and Lotions for Chapped Skin
Applying Gel to a Child’s Skin or Gums on Shabbat
Applying Cotton Balls and Alcohol to a Wound on Shabbat
Turning Off a Light for an Ill Patient on Shabbat
Insulin Injections, Nebulizers, & Vaporizers on Shabbat
Desecrating Shabbat to Help a Frightened Child
Violating Shabbat to Treat a Fever
Desecrating Shabbat for a Tetanus Shot or After Ingesting Something Sharp or Toxic
Desecrating Shabbat in Cases of Severe Internal Pain
Taking Preventative Medication on Shabbat
Page of 217
3241 Halachot found