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Removing Skin On Shabbat

Updated: Feb 15, 2022

The Daily Halacha Moment - Removing Skin On Shabbat ๐Ÿ–๏ธ


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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 oneโ€™s lips on Shabbat.[3]

Furthermore, one may not remove dead skin that is still attached to oneโ€™s scalp, but if it is already detached, it may be removed even though it is tangled in oneโ€™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, โ€œYavlet Miโ€™gufo.โ€

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


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