Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Asking a Goy to Turn on the Air Conditioner on Shabbat

Asking a Non Jew to Turn on the Air Conditioner on Shabbat
Day: Wednesday
Date: June 3, 2015
Parshat: Biha'aloticha
Yalkut Yosef: 328

It is permissible for a person with a fever to ask a non Jew to turn on the air conditioner on Shabbat. A person with a fever may also put ice or a damp cloth on his forehead in order to lower his temperature. It is permissible to wet such a cloth on Shabbat as well. However, only a cloth that is clean may be used and even then it may only be dampened but not soaked. If the cloth was dirty or very wet it is forbidden due to the prohibition of Melaben (see DSH from February 12, 2012). A person, whether Sephardic or Ashkenazi, suffering from a fever may also take a cold shower on Shabbat.

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