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The Gemara in Megilla 6a says Rebbi Yehuda Hanasi went to the bath house on 17 Tammuz. The Shulchan Aruch OC 550:2 rules that bathing is permitted on the 'minor' fasts and is only forbidden on Tisha B'av and Yom Kippur. The Mishna Brura there (sk 6) says that a meticulous person ("baal nefesh") should be stringent on all the 5 afflictions of tisha b'av ...


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Saadia Gaon didn't innovate it. It is based on Berachot 60a: ת"ר הנכנס לבית המרחץ אומר יהי רצון מלפניך יי' אלהי שתצילני מזה ומכיוצא בו ואל יארע בי דבר קלקלה ועון ואם יארע בי דבר קלקלה ועון תהא מיתתי כפרה לכל עונותי אמר אביי לא לימא אינש הכי דלא לפתח פומיה לשטן Our Rabbis taught: On entering a bath-house one should say: 'May it be Thy will O Lord, my ...


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The sefer Semeichim Leshomro asks if a person with BO may pray. The author answers: He may pray. The odor probably comes from a lack of washing, not from excrement. Since he is probably used to his own smell, based on the Mishna Brura (86:1), there wouldn't be a problem. But wait. It seems to me personally: This Mishna Brura implies the opposite: that ...


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There is a story of a great Rav (no official source) who would shower after the mikvah. When asked about his custom he answered: Before going into the mikvah I shower because of the mitzvah "ואהבת לרעך". When coming out I shower because of "כמוך".


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The source for this is Shabbos 14a and Yorah Deah 201:75 Rama. http://www.dailyhalacha.com/displayRead.asp?readID=1814 As in many Halachos there is a Machlokes. In summary according to the custom of the Ashkenazim, a woman should not bathe or shower after immersing in the Mikveh. Sepharadim, however, do not follow this custom, and thus ...


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http://vbm-torah.org/archive/shmuel/79shmuel.htm The Radak rejects such an explanation, saying: "He saw from upon the roof that she was bathing in her house." This understanding is reasonable, both because the roof was already mentioned at the beginning of the verse, and because if the words "from the roof" relate to Bat-Sheva's bathing, it ...


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See SA OC Siman 84 where it is clear that talking itself is allowed in a bathhouse, the restrictions are only to greeting with the word Sholom and speaking Torah etc.


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The issue is whether the smell bothers you, and will ruin your concentration. Eruvin 65a says that R. Samuel did not pray in a house that contained beer, because the smell bothered him. And R. Papa did not pray in a house that contained fish. So, if your BO isn't gross to you, it shouldn't be a problem.


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According to R' Moshe Soloveichik, during the 9 days the level of mourning is as during the Shloshim mourning period. In the time of the Shulchan Aruch part of the mourning process during the Shloshim was not to bathe. As such, The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 551:16) records a custom practiced by Ashkenazim of not bathing or showering during the Nine Days. ...


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It seems that both reasons are applicable. See Rama in Shulchan Aruch 551:16 which says that bathing for pleasure is prohibited. See Shulchan Aruch 551:1 and 551:18 which says that when the month of av comes in the more one should be careful and then says later on that certain parts of the day are more dangerous(see Mishna Brurah on 551:18). The Medrash ...


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The Aruch HaShulchan writes (551:36): ודע שבדורינו התחילו לזלזל ברחיצה בחמין בערב שבת חזון, ומרגלא בפומייהו: שמי שרוחץ כל ערב שבת – רשאי גם בשבת זו. ואינו כן, שהרי רבינו הרמ"א לא התיר רק חפיפת הראש, כמו שכתבתי. ותמיד היו המרחצאות נעולים בערב שבת חזון. וזה לא כביר התחילו לזלזל, ועתידים ליתן את הדין. ופשוט הוא דלרפואה – מותר לרחוץ בחמין, אפילו בערב תשעה באב. ...


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The source is Pri Eitz Chayim Sha'ar Hashabbos Chapter 3. (Quoted in Kaf Hachayim Siman 260 Sa'if Katan 4.)


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According to Dovid Ribiat in his book "39 Melocho", apparently the issues surrounding this are sufficiently complex that you might need to talk to a rav about this-- this exact issue is mentioned. I would imagine that the key element is how many apartments the hot-water heater services.


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Any reason to take a cold shower? The halocho is that any washing for enjoyment is forbidden. If it is not for enjoyment, see the link quoted by eramm above (ohr.edu/5228). If they like cold showers better, should they specifically take hot showers? My guess is that we would say that בטלה דעתו אצל כל אדם – even though he likes cold showers better, he ...


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Just saw this today. But R. David Bar-Hayim argues that not bathing is breaking a halacha for the sake of a minhag. That is l'chavod shabbat is much strong positive halacha, then the minhag of not bathing during the first 9 days of the month of av.


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The answer is that it depends - see this excellent comprehensive article by rabbi spitz explaining all the reasons and backgrounds as well as contemporary poskims' relevant psak: http://ohr.edu/this_week/insights_into_halacha/5228 basically, as long as the showering is strictly for hygiene, it is permitted - but one must take steps to minimize his ...



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