Pulling Out Hairs Without Explicit Intention on Shabbat

Updated: Feb 9

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Question:

May one do an action that will pull out hair without explicit intention? (for example removing a bandaid)


Answer:

One may scratch the inside of his nose or ears even if one may pull out some hairs while doing so.[1]

One may wash his face even though one may pull out some beard hairs in the process.[2]


It is very praiseworthy to refrain from stroking one’s hair or beard on Shabbat because one may pull some hairs while doing so. However, strictly speaking it is permitted to do so.[3]


One may remove a Band-Aid on Shabbat even though one may pull out some hair while doing so. However, one who doesn’t have an absolute need to do so on Shabbat, should wait until after Shabbat to take off the Band-Aid.[4]


Sources:

[1]. Halichot Olam, vol. 4, pp. 21-24, 234.

[2]. Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 25.

[3]. Yabia Omer, vol. 5, O.C. 30. However, it is praiseworthy to refrain from doing so. See also in Kaf HaChaim 393:127.

[4]. Halichot Olam, vol. 4, pp. 204, 235; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 4, pp. 370, 404.


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