I was learning Ramba”m Mishnah Torah (Hilchos shabbos perek 2 halchah 2) and I saw a very confusing sentence:

“וּמְחִמִּין לוֹ חַמִּין בֵּין לְהַשְׁקוֹתוֹ בֵּין לִרְחִיצַת גּוּפוֹ.”- and they heat him cholent, whether to drink, or to bathe him.
I understand why they would heat him cholent to drink (although “to eat” would make more sense), but why would someone want to bathe in cholent?

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    Why wouldn’t someone want to bathe in cholent? VTC as unclear. :) – DonielF Mar 13 at 12:59
  • I don’t think it would be very comfortable – Lo ani Mar 13 at 13:00
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    It's a typo. It should say "Lertzichas gufo". Eat some Cholent and you'll see why – Leitz Mar 13 at 18:49
  • It does say lertzichas gufo... – Lo ani Mar 13 at 18:53
  • @Loani, No, it says "lerchitzas gufo" – Daniel Mar 13 at 19:15

There's a commonality between chulent and hot baths. Both are relaxing and they both promote sleep.

So, on Shabbat, it's a mitzvah to sleep. But, it's tough to take a hot bath as there are many possible melachot violations that could occur in doing this. But, if the cholent is already hot, one may bathe in it and enjoy a hot bath in the chulent so that he can sleep better on Shabbat.

I like this idea. It really is a win-win situation. So, you can have your chulent and eat and bathe in it, too!

  • In context, the Rambam refers to a sick person. Even if not, seemingly this would be a מלאכה שאינה צריכה לגופה, as you’re warming up the cholent for the heat, not the food. – DonielF Mar 13 at 17:43
  • @DonielF If you would, check Ramba"m and other sources. I sense that anyone would permit heated food for other usage. I.e., your main purpose is heating the chulent for food. After you've eaten it, why can't you take some out the pot to use for the bath? – DanF Mar 13 at 17:46
  • Surely if it was heated up already there would be no problem. I meant warming it up specifically for this purpose. – DonielF Mar 13 at 17:48
  • @DonielF My answer addresses using the chulent for dual purpose. I think it' s clear, but, if not, I can edit it. Note that I said, "if it's already hot". – DanF Mar 13 at 18:24
  • @DanF The language of the Rambam makes it clear that it's permitted for either/or. – Daniel Mar 13 at 19:17

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