Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hat Covers on Shabbat


One may wear a hat atop another hat for the sake of beauty or extra warmth when travelling outside an eruv on Shabbat, if that type of garb is standard practice. However, one may not wear a hat atop another hat outside an eruv on Shabbat, just to protect the lower hat from the elements and where it does not add to the beauty of the garb.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 1:108)

Have a great day,


  1. I often see men with fine black hats, covering the hat (in the rain) with a note very fine plastic shopping bag from the local grocery store. How would we apply Rav Moshe Feinstein's psak to that situation?

  2. Hi Michael,

    Please note - Rav Moshe specified a situation in which there was no eruv.

  3. Hi-, exception noted- but, in that "no eruv" situation, how do you think Rav Moshe would view the plastic bag arrangement?


  4. I'm pretty sure that's what he was rejecting in this teshuvah.