Is one permitted to use baby powder-or talcum powder, Gold Bond, etc- on Yom Kippur? (either for themselves or for a child)


Would it be forbidden since it could be akin to "annointing oneself" (SA, Orach Chaim 614:1) or perhaps "washing for pleasure" (SA, Orach Chaim 613:1)?

  • There may be other problems that may be related to some type of melacha akin to a Shabbat prohibition. I can't think of it, offhand, and you don't seem to be concerned about that in this Q. As for "anointing", first of all, I think this refers to beautification and cosmetics, mainly, as far as I know. I think powder to soothe a rash or prevent sweat, etc. is not "anointing". Second, the baby, who is not yet obligated in inuy (affliction), I believe, would be exempt from such concerns, assuming there are any. – DanF Sep 27 '19 at 20:37
  • Can whomever VTC because of "psak" explain how you see this, here? – DanF Sep 27 '19 at 20:38

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