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Mud On Clothing & Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Mud On Clothing & Shabbat👚

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What should one do if ones clothing got dirty in the mud on Shabbat?


According to the Sephardic custom If one’s clothing got dirty by mud, then it depends:

a. If the mud is still wet, then one may grab the area of clothing from the *inside* of the clothing and rub it against itself, or one may use his nail to scratch it even from the outside. [1]

b. If the mud has dried up, one may rub it off by grabbing the inside of the clothing and rubbing it against itself *only* if one is embarrassed to go outside with such a stain and one does not have any other clothing to change into. Preferably, even if one does not have any other clothing, one should ask a non-Jew to take off the mud.[2]

Ashkenazim might be stringent one should ask one's Rabbi.


[1]. Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 125.

[2]. Yabia Omer, vol. 8, O.C. 39:5; Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 125; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 487.

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