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Glasses on Shabbos without Eruv

Hello , if I take off my glasses occasionally during the week , can I still wear them on shabbos without an eruv or is not a levush anymore?


Glasses remain a levush even if you take them off occasionally during the week. They are “part of your wardrobe” and therefore they can be worn on Shabbos.

Although the Sages did decree that items that are sometimes taken off (such as jewelry) should not be worn in the public domain, this does not apply on a personal basis, and since it is not the normal way to take off glasses (for short sight) in the public domain, the decree will not apply to them (see Shemiras Shabbos 18:11, concerning all items that help the body function).

Of course, you have to be careful not to carry your glasses in an area without an eruv.

Best wishes.

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  1. Rav Mordechai Eliyahu (comments on Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 84:6) writes that one may wear glasses in the public domain; however, one who usually takes them off in the street shouldn’t go out with them without an eruv.

    1. The above response refers to the letter of the law which permits glasses.
      Rav Eliyahu seems to be adding a practical point that one who is prone to take them off should not put himself in this situation.

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