Removing Skin On Shabbat

Updated: Feb 15

The Daily Halacha Moment - Removing Skin On Shabbat 🖐️


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Question:

May one remove loose skin on Shabbat?

May one remove the dry skin from one's lips on Shabbat?


Answer:

Cutting warts or loose skin is also prohibited on Shabbat.[1]

Similarly, one may not trim the cuticles that surround the nails where the nails meet the skin and the finger.[2]

One may not bite dry skin from one’s lips on Shabbat.[3]

Furthermore, one may not remove dead skin that is still attached to one’s scalp, but if it is already detached, it may be removed even though it is tangled in one’s hair. [4]


Sources:

[1]. Shulchan Aruch 340:2. See also in Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 236 and in Yabia Omer, vol. 4, 30:8.

[2]. Shulchan Aruch 328:31; Mishnah Berurah 340:7; Halichot Olam, vol. 4, p. 201.

[3]. Biur Halachah, siman 340, “Yavlet Mi’gufo.”

[4]. Menuchat Ahavah, vol. 2, 11:10; Shemirat Shabbat KeHilchatah 14:49.


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