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Name the many references in different contexts in Halacha to snow?

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Too broad? [15] – Double AA Jan 26 at 19:28

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  • Whether a frozen mass of it can constitute the wall part of an eruv demarcation. (Aruch Hashulchan או"ח שסב:טו)
  • Purges sins. (See the Gr"a on "לא תירא לביתה משלג".)
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Wow thats a really good one thanx – SimchasTorah Dec 28 '10 at 0:26
I heard something similar from Rav Shelomo Levenstein Shelit"a. – Hacham Gabriel Jan 13 '12 at 2:21
  • A description of the color-shade of tzara'as.
  • Whether it counts as water vis-a-vis a mikva.
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That you're not allowed to break it up on Shabbos in order to use the melted water (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 320:9).

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Can it be used to cover blood after Shechitah Can you toivel or your Keilim in a snow drift

An Article on the topic.

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#13 on O.C. 320:9 has me intrigued. Thanks for linking! – Re'eh Mar 23 at 21:18

Similar: whether you can wash your hands in it (for eating bread, waking up, etc...)

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And from the same section of the Aruch Hashulchan:

  • Is snow considered to be a roof for the laws of tum'ah?

  • Snow is not m'kabel tum'ah.

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  • Whether snow is muktzah.
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Not quite Halacha, but the string changing color to white as snow on Yom Kippur to show that atonement for the Klal was successful .

btw: this week yutorah.org has featured this week http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/740735/Rabbi_Mordechai_Torczyner/Snowball_Fights_in_Jewish_Law_and_Thought

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An important Shiur on all things Having to do with snow a VIdeo Here Chopping on shabbos,salting,Shoveling and snowball fights Here:


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  • Ben Ish Hai S"B Yito 11 permits people to walk on snow on Shabbat. [Also, later on he discusses if you allowed to mush snow into a cup of water to make it cold, and prohibits it (as well as S"A O"H 320- and Alex's answer). ]

  • Shulhan Aruch (ibid.) prohibits the crushing of ice, however, permits the placing of it in a cup to make things cold (also see for lengthy discussion the aforementioned BI"H and later on in that Parasha).

See also the Mefarshim on that S"A.

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