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Showers on Yom Tov

Sep 28, 2011 by R Pesach Siegel

Laws of Taking a Shower on Yom Tov

 

 
 

1) It is permissible to heat up water in order to wash one’s face, hands, and feet on Yom Tov.

 

2) It is forbidden, mid’oraisa, to heat up water in order to wash one’s entire body on Yom Tov.

 

3) It is forbidden, mid’rabanan, to wash one’s entire body in water that was heated up before Yom Tov.

 

4) It is a minhag not to wash one’s entire body in cold water on Yom Tov.

 

5) If one is very uncomfortable, he may wash his entire body in cold water on Yom Tov. (In this case, Sephardim may be lenient and wash with water that was heated up before Yom Tov, but not with water that was heated up on Yom Tov).

 

6) One may wash with water that was heated before Yom Tov if he washes one limb at a time. One must be careful not to stand directly under the shower stream. This leniency only applies if the water was heated before Yom Tov.

 

7) One may wash with water that was actually warmed up on Yom Tov, providing that it never reached the point of yad soledes bo (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

 

8) Care must be taken not to squeeze any liquid out of one’s hair or towel. Liquid soap must be used.

 

Two suggested ways of taking a shower:

 

I) Enter the shower, turn on the hot water for the purpose of washing one’s face, hands, and feet. If one is no longer very uncomfortable, then one may not shower any further. If one is still very uncomfortable, then one may add cold water in order to cool off the hot water to a temperature under 113 degrees Fahrenheit. One may then bathe the rest of the body.

 

II) Enter the shower, turn on the hot water for the purpose of washing one’s face, hands, and feet. Add cold water in order to cool off the hot water to a temperature under 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Bathe one limb at a time. This may be done even if one is not very uncomfortable.

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