Thursday, October 29, 2015

One Who Wrote on His Hand Before Shabbat

One Who Wrote on His Hand Before Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: October 29, 2015
Parshat: Vayera
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 340

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina and Avraham Asher ben Tzadika

A person who before Shabbat wrote on his hand may wash his hands on Shabbat even though the writing may be erased in the process. However, since intentionally erasing the writing would constitute an issur Derabanan, that may not be done. Washing and drying one's hands for the sake of cleanliness (not specifically to erase) is also not proper in this scenario since it is certain that by doing so the writing will be erased - which constitutes a Pesik Resha Beissur Derabanan. Instead, he should pour a nice amount of water over his hand all at once and not dry his hand. Since it is possible that the writing will not be erased this way there is no Pesik Resha and therefore it may be done.

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