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Dovid
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Dovid

Thanks. Was wondering about the liquid soap recently…

Appreciate this
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Appreciate this

With all the germs around sanitizing is so important. Also when visiting in hospitals it is important as a precaution to catching and transmitting germs.

Wow, thank you!
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Wow, thank you!

This is great. In depth, but clear and super-easy to read. Not just the text, but also the footnotes.

PLEASE have more like these in the future.

No trace?
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No trace?

“Purell is a gel … and no trace remains afterwards”? There is definately a resedue left on the hands no matter how much you rub. And also a lingering fragrance.
Please elaborate. Thanks

what about hand sanitizers with distinct aromas?
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what about hand sanitizers with distinct aromas?

In the answer above, while the Rabbi concludes that Purell is allowed, (I am not familiar with that brand) what about other hand sanitizers that definitely leave a pleasant trace, due to pleasant smell? For example the bath and body works anti-bacterial hand gels, are these allowed or not?

Great
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Great

Now I can use liquid soap without feeling bad

Watch out
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Watch out

The machine in this picture is battery operated and may have another problem using it on the Sabbath

nice smelling purell
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nice smelling purell

i dont believe people are putting on the purell for the smell and that may be why it doesn’t constitute as being a malacha (prolly should ask your local rabbi though)

Joseph
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Joseph

If it’s for health and to prevent infections wouldn’t it be allowed anyway?

People use purely just for that reason and no other.

Boruch Hoffinger
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Boruch Hoffinger

If the intention is to smear only to kill germs and there’s no intention to smear, what’s the problem?
For instance if someone has incontinence and urine falls on their legs which could be itchy and annoying, they can wash, and then smear the leg with Vaseline to prevent further discomfort.
I assume this is permitted because there’s no intention to smear. The intention is to reduce discomfort.
A Melacha needs intention, no?
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