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Freezing an ice pack on Shabbos for later use

Question:

I had a tooth pulled on Eruv Shabbos and the dentist advised me to use an ice pack on Shabbos to keep the swelling down
He provided me with a freezer pack with water inside which i must freeze on Shabbos and then take out to apply to my jaw to keep the swelling down
Is this permissable?

 

Answer:

There is controversy if it is permitted to make ice cubes on Shabbos. If however it is a big need for it on Shabbos numerous poskim permit it. If you need the ice to reduce swelling, that would be considered a big need.

Best wishes

Sources:

Maharshag 2 103, Shevet Halevi 3-55, Shmiras Shabbos Khichoso Chapter 10-4, Orhchos Shabbos Chap. 4-52.

 

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