Buying New Clothing & Sefirat HaOmer

The Daily Halacha Moment - Buying New Clothing & Sefirat HaOmer 👚


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Question:

May one buy new clothing during Sefirat HaOmer?


Answer

One should avoid buying new clothing on which one would have to recite a SheHecheyanu. If one did, one should try to wear the clothing for the first time on Shabbat. [See footnote 1]


Even one who is stringent not to buy new clothing during the omer period may do so if he needs it for his wedding that will take place afterward. [2]


Sources:

[1]. Even though the Shulchan Aruch 551:17 states that the berachah of _SheHecheyanu_ should not be recited during Ben HaMetzarim, one may recite SheHecheyanu during the days of the omer. This is because even though it would seem inappropriate to thank Hashem for letting one reach a happy point in time by reciting the words lazman hazeh in the SheHecheyanu blessing, and the omer is not necessarily a happy time, nevertheless, the practices of mourning one observes during the omer period are not as intense as those practiced during Ben HaMetzarim. Unlike the days of Ben HaMetzarim, which are days of mourning that are more susceptible to tragedy for all of Bnei Yisrael, the days of the omer are only days of tzaar, intended to make us feel pained by the passing of so many great Torah scholars. However, the days of the omer themselves are, in fact, as the _Ramban_ in parashat Emor points out, days of rejoicing, as we are counting the days until Shavuot, the holiday that celebrates receiving the Torah. Therefore, many poskim, such as Olelot Ephraim, vol. 2, maamar 107, state that a SheHecheyanu may be recited during the omer period. However, the Ben Ish Chai in his sefer Orach Chayim on the Haggadah shel Pesach writes that it is customary to recite a SheHecheyanu on new fruits, but to refrain from reciting SheHecheyanu on new clothing. This is also the view of Moed LeChol Chai 6:12, which states that it is a good custom to refrain from reciting a SheHecheyanu on new clothing during the omer period. See also Yaskil Avdi, vol. 8, 20:16; Ashrei HaIsh, O.C., vol. 3, 65:12; Chut Shani, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 379; Yabia Omer, vol. 3, O.C. 26; ibid., vol. 5, 38:2; Yechaveh Daat 1:24; ibid. 3:30; and Chazon Ovadia, Yom Tov, p. 259, which add that one who refrains from sewing and fitting his clothing during the omer period is praiseworthy. However, even one who has the custom to be stringent regarding buying new clothing during the omer period may buy and wear new clothing that one would not have to recite a SheHecheyanu on, such as undergarments, socks, pants, or a shirt.

[2]. Yabia Omer, vol. 3, O.C. 26:4; Chazon Ovadia, Yom Tov, p. 261.

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