Buying New Clothing During The Three Weeks

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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 “Shehecheyanu” 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 Be’av rather than to eat the fruit or wear the garment without reciting “Shehecheyanu.” [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. It’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; Sh”t HaRishon LeTzion, Vol. 2, 28.)

[3]. Mishnah Berurah 551:98; Sh”t Yechaveh Da’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 B’Av. See also Yechaveh Da’at 1:37 which writes that one should not make a Beracha of Shehecheyanu on Shabbat Chazon.


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