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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Tzitz Eliezer: Clothing With Static Cling, Can You Wear It On Shabbos?
In 1961 when the new material Dacron made its way to Eretz Yisroel, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Waldenberg was asked if the sparks generated from the rubbing of wool against the Dacron constitute the Melacha of Mav'ir, lighting a fire.  At first in his sefer Tzitz Eliezer  (7:10) he compares it to silk eggs where keeping it on your body in a warm place will cause the worm to come out and is assur.  However he then says it is 100% Mutar and distinguishes this case for a number of reasons. 

He explains that these sparks do not have the power to burn anything or cause a fire and they only exist for a fraction of a second.  They have no substance that is actually burning and are only an electric charge with no fire properties whatsoever.  Therefore it is not Mav'ir or even Molid, creating something.  Furthermore these sparks are not visible under normal conditions, only in pitch black conditions.    If this were assur, he says, it would also be assur to smash a hard block of sugar which can also release invisible sparks.  Additionally he says anything that was not in the Mishkan and the product of the Melacha goes to waste it is not called melacha.

So if like Dacron have a wonderful Shabbos! 

May the neshama of Eliezer Yehuda Ben Gedalia Waldenberg, one of the great poskim of our generation have an aliya on his first Yahrtzeit this Shabbos.

Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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