Showering & Yom Tov
On Rosh ha-Shana and Yom Tov it is permitted to use hot water in cooking and for drinking. But is it permitted to use hot water for showering? The Shulchan Aruch says no but that was based on the reality that showering was not a normal practice. Join Rabbi Dovid Fink as he surveys the opinions of the poskim and explores the relationship between normal practice and halacha.
Showering & Yom Tov: Lesson
On Yom Tov, including Rosh ha-Shanah, it is permitted to heat water for drinking and cooking. But the Shulchan Aruch prohibits heating water for bathing because bathing in hot water was uncommon in those days.
Does this prohibition still apply today? In class we will survey the responses of the principle poskim.
Source materials in both WORD format and pdf are available through the links. In class we will translate and explain these texts.
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertﾠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.