• February 3, 2023
  • 12 5783, Shevat
  • פרשת בא

Snow and Halacha

Snow and Halacha

The halachic status of snow arises in many contexts. Join Rabbi Dovid Fink as he explores issues such as: Snowball fights and building snowmen on Shabbat, a sukka covered with snow, snow for a mikveh and more.

October 31, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Snow and Halacha: Snow and Halacha
Class description

Snow is the focus of two halachic issues:

(1) The status of snow on Shabbat. Is snow muktseh? Are snowball fights permitted? What about shovelling snow off a pedestrian path? Can you build a snowman or snow fort?

(2) The ritual purity of snow. Can deep snow a be used as a mikve for immersion of utensils (or immersion of people who enjoy the cold)? Can snow be used to fill a regular mikve? In arid climates can artificial snow be used to fill a mikve?

Hebrew sources are available through the link. In class we will translate and explain these sources.

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.