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Halacha - Walking with a Cane on Shabbos
Submitted by Israel Seldowitz  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I use a cane outdoors during the week for stability and balance, at the instruction of my Physical Therapist specializing in Vestibular Rehabilitation, because the ground is not level. At home, because the floor is flat, I don't need a cane. May I go outside on Shabbos with a cane, even though there is not an eiruv?
Answer:

The only heter to use a cane in a place without an eiruv is because it is considered an extension of the body, like an extra limb. A cane does not achieve that status for someone who can walk inside without it.

posted:2008-07-20 22:25:03


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