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In SA OC Siman 301 it's discussed many of the things a person can and can't go out with on Shabbos in a place where there is no eiruv.

Is one allowed to wear a armband or wristband on Shabbos with some sort of the reflective material on it in a place where there is no Eiruv? This way at night cars will better be able to see the Orthodox Jews crossing the streets. As well this is only worn at night and not during the day at all (it's taken off when one arrives in shul obviously and a person probably wouldn't want to wear it at all during the day.) What is this similar to if anything in regards to what it says in SA OC Siman 301? What other comparisons or examples or proofs to this could be give?

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    Is this different than a bracelet because it's for safety and not decoration? Dec 27, 2012 at 21:55
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    @CharlesKoppelman I don't know, that's why I'm asking. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.
    – Yehoshua
    Dec 27, 2012 at 22:22
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    The poskim discuss wearing sunglasses on Shabbos. I was trying to work out if maybe this is similar since it's used to "protect"?
    – Yehoshua
    Dec 27, 2012 at 22:47

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After a recent fatal accident at night in Manchester UK, Dayan G Krausz of Manchester Beis Din and Rav M M Schneebalg of Machzikei Hadass put out a joint notice encouraging people who walk at night in dark places to use these reflective armbands and specifically stating they may be worn on Shabbos.

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    I assume they were addressing all concerns, including Muktzeh as well as carrying (the concern in the question)?
    – Seth J
    Dec 28, 2012 at 13:15
  • Is there an Eruv in Manchester?
    – Double AA
    Dec 28, 2012 at 14:43
  • @DoubleAA As far as I know and have heard in the past there is no eiruv in all of England. Perhaps someone could correct this.
    – Yehoshua
    Dec 29, 2012 at 16:46
  • Eiruv in London; Edgware. Not yet Manchester. See also Wikipedia Dec 29, 2012 at 18:53
  • I've seen similar notices on flyers and in newspapers in America, with big rabbis who signed (though I don't remember which)
    – MTL
    Nov 30, 2014 at 17:36
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Obviously this does not address the S"'A or later Posekim, but it would seem from the Gemara that this would qualify as a Tachshit. I don't know how it could be considered anything else.

As it is something you would specifically not take off outside while walking, I don't see how it would be considered something to be banned lest one come to carry it.

Of course, CYLOR, but going to the root of the Halachah, and given the many examples and logic provided in the Gemara, I would think it should be ok to wear.

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  • What is your proof from the Gemorah that this qualifies as a tachshit?
    – Yehoshua
    Dec 27, 2012 at 22:46
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    Nothing specific, just the ongoing discussion in the Shakla VeTarya that makes me think so. It's a bracelet, but it's not gold; it's something that isn't only worn by women; it's not a weapon; you wouldn't show it off to someone, etc. etc.
    – Seth J
    Dec 27, 2012 at 22:57
  • @Yehoshua, again, I'm not a Rav, and I'm not able to cite later authorities on what constitutes a Tachshit. But the Sugya is a long one, and it goes back and forth with all kinds of descriptions in the Gemara. Just a hunch of mine.
    – Seth J
    Dec 27, 2012 at 22:59
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    So this question doesn't have "1 Answer" so far it has "1 Hunch" ;)... I understand what you're saying...Al pi the clalim I'm having a hard time trying to say why it shouldn't be allowed however don't feel clear enough to say it for sure is.
    – Yehoshua
    Dec 27, 2012 at 23:27
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    @Yehoshua, unfortunately, they didn't have reflector bracelets in the times of the Gemara or S"'A, so they didn't discuss it explicitly.
    – Seth J
    Dec 27, 2012 at 23:40

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