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Purchasing Clothing During The 9 days

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

The Daily Halacha Moment - Purchasing Clothing During The 9 days 💵


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Question:

May one buy new clothing or items during the 9 days?


Answer:

One may not buy new clothing during this time, even if the clothing is meant to be given as a gift. [1] However, some say that socks and undergarments may be bought. [2]


Sefarim may be purchased, especially if they will not be available after Tishah B’Av. [3]

Similarly, one may buy a new pair of tefillin or a tallit during this time, since these are needed for mitzvot. [4]


One should refrain from buying shoes at this time unless they are needed. [5] Furthermore, if one needs non-leather shoes to wear on Tishah B’Av, he may buy them, and even wear them for the first time on Tishah B’Av itself. [6]


Sources:

[1]. Rama 551:7. See also Mishnah Berurah §49 and Kaf HaChaim §103, which add that one may not even buy clothing that he will only wear after Tishah B’Av. See also Ohr LeTzion, vol. 3, 26:2.

[2]. Ohr LeTzion, vol. 3, 26:2.

[3]. See Chazon Ovadia, Arba Taaniyot, p. 168 and Shalmei Moed, p. 487. See also Ohr LeTzion, vol. 3, 26:1.

[4]. See Igrot Moshe, O.C. 3:80, which permits buying tefillin. See also Piskei Teshuvot §10, which permits purchasing all types of articles to fulfill a mitzvah. Similarly, the Ben Ish Chai writes in Rav Pe’alim

4:29 that one may tie strings for a tallit during this time if one needs to.

[5]. Shulchan Aruch §7; Mishnah Berurah §45; Ben Ish Chai, Devarim 1:8. Ohr LeTzion, vol. 3, 27:1 points out that if one already bought the shoes before Rosh Chodesh, he may even wear them for the first time during the shavua shechal bo.

[6]. See Kaf HaChaim §93; Ohr LeTzion, vol. 3, 26:2, at the end of the footnotes; Igrot Moshe, O.C. 3:80; and Yalkut Yosef, Moadim, p. 566:21.


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