Purchasing Shoes, Inexpensive Clothes

July 19, 2014 | by Rabbi Pinchas Waldman

My shoes are starting to fall apart. Is there any issue with buying them during the Three Weeks?

The Aish Rabbi Replies

During the Three Weeks, the custom is not to recite the she’hechiyanu blessing, thanking God for reaching a happy time or occasion. One occasion which warrants such a blessing is purchasing an especially nice clothes item, such as a suit or nice dress (even if you don’t wear them until after Tisha B’Av). Shoes, by contrast are considered unimportant and do not warrant a she’hechiyanu. The same is true of all minor clothing purchases. On the 9 Days, however, we generally do not make any new clothes purchases. (Sources: Shulchan Aruch O.C. 551:17, 223:6, Rema 551:7.)

Note that all new clothes should be worn at least once before the Nine Days begin.


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