Monday, July 13, 2015

One Who Has a Toothache on Shabbat

One Who Has a Toothache on Shabbat
Day: Monday
Date: July 13, 2015
Parshat: Matot/Mas'ei
Yalkut Yosef: 328

A person with a toothache may not take painkillers on Shabbat unless he started taking them before Shabbat or the pain is so bad that his whole body is affected. However, it is permissible to have some arak, as long as he doesn't put in his mouth and spit it out, since then it will be obvious that he's having it only to help the pain. One may not gargle with salt water or with a water and baking soda mixture unless he is in such pain that he is bedridden since these things are done only to heal. If the pain is really bad he may keep the arak in his mouth for some time before swallowing. A person with a terrible toothache may go to a non Jewish dentist to have the tooth pulled out. He may open his mouth even though by doing so he is helping the dentist do melachot, but he may not ask the dentist to do any melachot De'oraita. If the pain is so bad that the painkillers don't help, he may even go to a Jewish dentist since it can become a situation of pikuah nefesh.

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