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Purchasing Shoes, Inexpensive Clothes

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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