Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No Bathroom On Shabbos

ויתד תהיה לך על אזנך (דברים כ"ג : י"ד)
In the times of the second Bais Hamikdosh there were various different kinds of sects and cults in the Jewish community. One of the cults, were the” Issi’im” whom Chazal called  “Tovlei Shachris”.(went to the Mikveh every  morning). This cult didn’t last because they did never got married.
They were a very interesting cult.. They considered Tahara and hygiene as one and were very strict about it. They went to the Mikveh several times a day. They went to the Mikveh before the meals, after relieveing themselves and if they touched someone who was from a lower cast of the four groups. They claimed to have prophecy because  of the holy lifestyle they followed.
It took a few years to join the cult . There were four groups a) children b) first year in training c) additional two years training d) full fledged members. Once one graduated to full member status they presented him with white clothing an apron to cover themselves  when relieving  and a shovel to cover it up.
They had many Chumros in Hilchos Shabbos. They claimed all utensils even a    כלי שמלאכתו להיתרare Muktzah. Shovels which are מלאכתו לאיסור  was for sure Muktza even  when used  לצורך גופו . They would not use the washroom the whole Shabbos because they couldn’t use the shovel.

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