Prohibition of Bathing on Yom Kippur (12 Paragraphs)
The REMA is in brackets 
1. It is forbidden to bathe on Yom Kippur either with hot or cold
water. Even to dip one's finger in water is forbidden.
However, if one's hands or feet or other part of one's body was soiled
with dirt of with waste or if blood was dripping from one's nose it is
permitted to wash them since the Rabbis only prohibited the type of
washing that is used for pleasure.
2. One should wash his hands for the morning prayer and should
make the blessing of Nitilat Yadayim but should be careful that one
only washes until the end of one's knuckles [and one should not have
the intention to derive benefit from the washing, rather to remove the
bad spirit that is on one's hands].
3. If a man urinated and used his hands or defecated and then
cleaned himself, it is permitted to wash his hands since they are
soiled [and he should wash until the ends of his knuckles].
4. If someone is sensitive and can not concentrate until he
washes his face with water, then it is permitted [Our custom is to be
strict with this. Even to wash the eyes wish a little bit of a
medical remedy we have the custom to be strict. And it is
forbidden to wash one's mouth on Yom Kippur as we explained earlier in
Chapter 567 p 3].
5. If one is going to the house of study or to visit his father,
Rabbi, or someone of greater stature than him in wisdom, or if required
to do a Mitzvah then one is allowed to travel over a body of water
until his neck both when arriving and returning. This is only if
one does not lift his garment over his arms and only if the waters are
not turbulent. Because if they were turbulent, then it is even
forbidden to travel through them on a regular day because of the danger
involved even if they only reached until his hips.
6. That which we allow one to pass through a body of water to
perform a Mitzvah only applies to traveling on foot through the
water. But with regard to using a small boat, there are those who
7. A Rabbi is prohibited from traveling through water in order to
go to his students.
8. If one is traveling to guard his produce then it is permitted
to pass through water on the way there but not on the way back.
[Wherever it is permitted to travel through water, it is permitted even
if there was an alternate way to get there through dry land but the
route through water is a little bit easier]
9. It is prohibited to bathe in mud if one does so with the
intention to bathe. And it is prohibited to bathe in vessels that
have water in them even if they are not full, whether they are made of
pottery or metal. But if they are empty (?) then it is
permitted. The same applies with fruits and a child.
10. A bride is permitted to wash her face for the 30 days.
11. If a man saw an emission during Yom Kippur, if it was moist
then he cleans it with a cloth, but if it is dry or flowing then he
washes the opening only and then goes to pray. It is prohibited
to wash one's body or to immerse in the Mikvah even if it is one's
custom to normally go to the Mikvah for prayer.
12. During Yom Kippur it is prohibited for a woman to go to the
Mikvah even if the time she was supposed to immerse herself fell out on
The Prohibition of Anointing and
Wearing Leather Shoes (4 Paragraphs)
1. It is forbidden to anoint even a tiny portion of one's body
even if it is done only to remove body odor. But if one was sick
it is permitted whether a danger was involved or not. Or if one
has a scratch on one's head it is permitted to anoint this area.
2. It is forbidden to wear shoes or a garment made of skin or
even a walking stick (unsure of translation). Also prohibited is
something made out of wood and only covered with skin. But if it
was made out of any other material such as straw or canvas it is
permitted to wear. It is even permitted to wear them on Rosh
Hashanah (to a destination to be stored for use on Yom Kippur).
[It is permitted to stand on a carpet or covering of skin but it is
good to be strict on this (?)].
3. A woman who gave birth is permitted to wear leather shoes for
30 days as is a sick person and similar cases even if there is no
danger involved. The same applies to a person with an injury to
4. It is permitted to wear leather shoes as protection from
scorpions and similar animals if they are prevalent in that area in
order that they should not sting or bite him. [If rain is falling
and one is a sensitive person and wishes to walk from one's house to
the house of prayer or the reverse, he may wear leather shoes until he
reaches his destination.]
The Prohibition of Anointing
Having Sex During Yom Kippur (2 Paragraphs)
1. It is prohibited to have sex during Yom Kippur and it is even
prohibited to touch a woman as if she was a Nidah. It is also
prohibited to sleep with a woman in the same bed.
2. If a man sees an emission on Yom Kippur, he should be worried
the whole year. And if the year passes (and he lives) then he
should be confident that he is deserving to merit going into
Translated by Dr. Jay Dinovitser 06/2009
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