woman apply blush or powder to her face on Shabbos? Nail varnish to nails?
It is forbidden 1 for a woman to apply a
coloring agent to any part of her body, when applied for the sake of enhancing herself.
She may not apply nail varnish neutral color included. All types of lipstick
neutral color included, because it enhances the natural color of the lips. 2
Blush, mascara to the eyelashes, are all included in this
May a woman remove nail varnish
from her nails on Shabbos?
Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach Ztzl says 3
that since fingernails are painted over once they have been cleaned, the removal of the
nail varnish may be considered erasing with the intention of applying more varnish, and
would be prohibited. Therefore a competent rav must be referred to when this is
necessary to be done on Shabbos.
How come it is permitted to eat red
ice-lollies on shabbos, does it not paint the lips red?
This is a complicated matter, because the Mishna Berura
4 says that a male is permitted to eat berries on Shabbos, even though the
berries color his hands and face, because it is not beneficial for him to have his hands
and face colored.
One could deduce that when it is beneficial, it would be
forbidden. Accordingly, when a female eats ice-lollies, her lips are colored
seemingly in a beneficial manner, and since the lips are an area that are generally
colored, it should be forbidden.
However it is more likely to say that, since the coloring
of the lips is done in an uneven manner, it is not beneficial, and coupled with the fact
that it is done in an abnormal way (through eating and not through the regular method of
coloring lips), it is permitted.
If a girls plats came undone on
shabbos, may they be platted again?
The gemora says that platting hair comes under the category
of Boneh (midrabanan). This is learned from the gemora, which tells us
that Hashem platted Chavas hair and then presented her to Adam. The
punctuality was made on the word vayivein which means Hashem built, and
the gemora learns that Hashem platted her hair. So we see that platting and Boneh
have a common factor.
Why such a restriction on combing hair
on Shabbos? What about honoring the Shabbos?
All the laws that require one to honor the Shabbos must be
kept in accordance with the laws of Shabbos! Honoring Shabbos does not permit one to
breach any of the Hilchos Shabbos.
Combing hair is forbidden, because often semi loose hairs
and hairs out-of-place are removed. This comes under the prohibition of Gozez
shearing. Some poskim say that it is only a rabbinical prohibition, because
in the Mishkan the shearing was done for the sake of the wool, not for the sake of
the lamb. Others say that it is a biblical prohibition, because shearing is forbidden when
done for the sake of beautifying the body. 5
 Simon 303:25.
 Applying lipstick also involves another problem of memareach smearing.
 SSK vol.3, chapter 14 footnote 79.
 Simon 303:79.
 Simon 340:1, Biur Halacha vchayav.
Food For Thought
Is combing a wig permitted on
May I cut a tomato with a shechita
Is one permitted to move a heavy
cupboard on Shabbos?
Is the sign vtein tal
umatar muktze on Shabbos?
Answers coming next week.
One of the reasons for calling this Shabbos
Shabbos hagadol (the big Shabbos), is because it was on this Shabbos in Egypt that
Bnei Yisrael were instructed to take the lamb and tie it to their beds. Since the
lambs were the Egyptians gods, it was an act of mesirus nefesh
self-sacrifice, and they were putting their lives in danger.
Hence the name for this Shabbos The Great Shabbos,
attributing the greatness achieved by Bnei Yisrael to their self sacrifice.