I am looking for a source that provides a clear halachic (non-aggadic) and rational explanation on why the Gemara (Shabbat 95a) prohibits braiding hair as a kind of building. This similar question asks and receives answers to this question using aggadic concepts and methods, but I am asking if there is a rationale for this prohibition that is based purely on halachic reasoning.

Although the gemara sources itself in the word ויבן from the verse used in creating Chava: ויבן ד' אלוקים את הצלע, which Chazal explain that it refers to Hashem braiding her hair. It does not seem to be a reason for why it is considered "building" but a proof that it is called "building".

  • Look at judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/17513/… – mmc99 May 10 '17 at 7:09
  • @mmc99 Saw it, commented on it. Hoping to find better answers – user8726 May 10 '17 at 7:15
  • @mmc99 Did I go about this wrong? I worded the question in a more specific way. – user8726 May 10 '17 at 7:18
  • @mmc99 I found the explanation given by Rav Kook to be on the aggadic side, using the halacha as a spring board for his comments on beauty and and women. – user8726 May 10 '17 at 7:30
  • @Moses613 I'm not sure whether this question is a duplicate. You can help make clear if it isn't if you edit the question to explain why this question is different (the focus on halacha), and why the answers there are insufficient. A comment on another post is not enough for that. From review. – MTL May 10 '17 at 17:01

This might help:

The Shulhan Aruch (Orah Haim 303:26; listen to audio recording for precise citation) rules that it is forbidden for a woman to braid her hair, or to undo a braid, on Shabbat. The Mishna Berura (commentary by Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan, 1839-1933) explains (listen to audio recording for precise citation) that braiding hair is forbidden on Shabbat by force of Rabbinic enactment, and not on the level of Torah law.

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    Looking for an explanation for why this is so. I'll edit my question to reflect that. – user8726 May 10 '17 at 7:41
  • If you look on that page I quote "The reason why the Sages forbade braiding hair on Shabbat, the Mishna Berura explains, is because braiding hair resembles building. Indeed, the Torah relates that God “built” the rib taken from Adam into a woman, and Hazal interpreted this to mean that He braided Hava’s hair before bringing her to Adam. The Sages further noted that in certain regions, the same word is used for “building” and “braiding” “Binita”. In light of this association between braiding and building, the Sages enacted a prohibition against braiding hair on Shabbat. – mmc99 May 10 '17 at 7:45
  • Also I recall seeing (I don't remember where offhand I'll try to find it) being that a braid is usually made in a way that's meant to last its considered building – mmc99 May 10 '17 at 7:51
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    @mmc99 I have a hard to accepting that Chazal forbade something just because an association was made by words. See my edited question. I don't think that was the intent of the gemara. Although if you find a source for dailyhalacha's explanation that would be different. – user8726 May 10 '17 at 7:57