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Buying New Clothing During The Three Weeks

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

The Daily Halacha Moment - Buying New Clothing During The Three Weeks ๐Ÿงฅ


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Question:

May I wear my new suit during the Three weeks?

May I recite a SheHecheyanu?


Answer:

It is proper to abstain from reciting the โ€œShehecheyanuโ€ blessing during the three weeks between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Ninth of Av on a new fruit or a new garment. One should leave the new fruit or garment for after Tisha Beโ€™av rather than to eat the fruit or wear the garment without reciting โ€œShehecheyanu.โ€ [1] One may wear new items that don't require Beracha of Shehechiyanu such as socks, undergarments, shoes, and pajamas. [2]


On the Shabbatot of the three weeks, one is allowed to wear new clothes and recite the Beracha of Shehecheyanu. [3]


During the 9 days, the custom is to refrain from purchasing and wearing new clothing altogether (This includes Shabbat as well). [4]


Sources:

[1]. Shulchan Aruch 551:17; Mishnah Berurah 551:45; Sefer Chasidim, Siman 840; Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, pg. 129; Kaf Hachaim 551:103; Or Letzion Vol. 3, 26:2.

[2]. Mishnah Berurah 551:45; Or Letzion Vol. 3, 26:2. Similarly, one may eat a fruit that doesn't requires the blessing of Shehechiyanu. Itโ€™s good to note, that One blesses birkat Shehechiyanu only on fruits or vegetables which are in the market at specific seasons and are not available year-round. This is true even if one personally did not eat the fruit for many years (See Chazon Ovadia, Tu Bishvat, Berachot, Pg. 437; Shโ€t HaRishon LeTzion, Vol. 2, 28.)

[3]. Mishnah Berurah 551:98; Shโ€t Yechaveh Daโ€™at 1:37; Yalkut Yosef, Moadim, Pg. 555:8.

[4]. Rama 551:7; See Bet Yosef 551 which implies that it's proper to refrain from Rosh Chodesh. Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, Pg. 167; Mishnah Berurah 551:49 and Kaf Hachaim 551:103 which add that one may not even buy clothing that he will start wearing after Tisha Bโ€™Av. See also Yechaveh Daโ€™at 1:37 which writes that one should not make a Beracha of Shehecheyanu on Shabbat Chazon.


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