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Moch on Shabbat without eruv

10 April, 2003

Question:

Is a bedikah cloth inserted as a moch dachuk considered carrying? We live in an area without an eruv, and I often have to do a hefsek taharah on Shabbat afternoon. I have always stayed home from minchah when this has happened, but it occurred to me that it might not be carrying. Thanks!


Answer:

A moch dachuk is considered carrying, since it is not for the purpose of protecting the body. (A tampon or pad worn to absorb bleeding would be permitted).  If there is a real need to go out on a particular Shabbat afternoon when this happens, then ask a rabbi whether the moch can be skipped that month.


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