Jewish Law

Breath Freshener Spray on a Fast Day

25.11.15

Question

Shalom u’vracha my name is Refael, and I give a regular class here. In my last class that I gave to students in Deberecen, someone asked about the permissibility of using breath freshener spray on a fast day.
Is this permissible?
Deberecen, Hungary
 

Answer

It is customary to prohibit this. The use of such spray is similar to washing out one’s mouth with water and the Shulchan Aruch says this should be avoided on a fast day.
All the best,
 

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