Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Polishing shoes during the period leading up to Tishah b'Av


May one polish shoes during the Nine Days?

We do not launder clothing during the Nine Days leading up to Tisha b'Av. However, polishing shoes may be different from laundering clothing; the same question is raised regarding the prohibition against laundering clothing on chol hamoed, and diverse opinions are expressed.

Many halachic authorities permit blackening and shining shoes during the Nine Days, and only prohibit use of shoe polish. Further, authorities are more lenient regarding polishing shoes for use on Shabbat, within the view that one may wear beautiful Shabbat clothing on the Shabbat before Tisha b'Av.

(Melamed l'Hoil Orach Chaim 113; Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 3:80; Halichot Emet 14:12)

המצפה לישועה,

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