Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wearing a Hat Cover Where There is no Eruv

Wearing a Hat Cover Where There is no Eruv
Day: Wednesday
Date: November 11, 2015
Parshat: Tolidot
Halichot Olam: 4 Pg. 296

In memory of Avraham Asher ben Tzadika

There are many poskim who maintain that there is no place nowadays that can qualify as a Reshut Harabim De'oraita. In addition, a Melacha that is not done for the sake of the Melacha itself but is done for a byproduct of the Melacha is only forbidden Miderabanan. A hat cover is not worn in order to carry it into Reshut Harabim, it is worn to protect the hat from damage. Therefore even if the area was really a Reshut Harabim De'oraita wearing a hat cover would present a Rabbinic prohibition, not a biblical one. Due to these considerations and others it is permissible to wear a hat cover on Shabbat even in a place with no eruv. It is disadvantageous for a person to be strict in this regard if it means that he will end up refraining from going to Shul or to study Torah when it is raining.

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