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Hukot HaGoyim in this case is something done specifically by gentiles and therefore it would be prohibited (see S"A Yoreh Deah 178). So my question is, would jeans fall under this category?

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Are you asking whether wearing jeans is permitted? Or are you asking for a list of practical applications of the concept of chukos hagoyim? Your question is unclear (to me). –  msh210 Dec 18 '11 at 21:07
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Jeans were invented by a Jew... they are the most Jewish clothing in existence today! –  avi Dec 18 '11 at 21:13
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@avi Christianity was created by a bunch of Jews about a Jew! Nothing more Jewish than that!!! –  Hacham Gabriel Dec 18 '11 at 21:34
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This question could be improved by clarifying what the issue might be or explaining "hukot hagoyim". –  Monica Cellio Dec 19 '11 at 2:39
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@H'Gabriel actually, Christianity was NOT started by a bunch of Jews. It specifically did not do well with Jews, and so they went after the Pagans instead. And those are the church fathers. Not to mention being created as an alternative to Judaism. Jeans have no such story. –  avi Dec 19 '11 at 6:56
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So long as it isn't indecent, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe Y.D. 1:81) writes that it's not a problem. I've written it up here.

And for those who don't believe me, here's what it looks like in the original responsum:

Scan from Igros Moshe

Link to the pdf: page 1, page 2.

Specifically regarding jeans it's even easier as we know where jeans come from -- gold prospectors who needed rugged clothing. If the origins of a practice are pagan, prurient, or make such zero sense that you'd obviously only be doing it to emulate the non-Jews, then it's a problem. None of that is the case here.

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1) Can you please bring a source from the Igerot Moshe? –  Hacham Gabriel Dec 18 '11 at 23:55
    
I can't find it in the Irgot Moshe, can you please provide a link? –  Hacham Gabriel Dec 19 '11 at 5:21
    
By the way there is a sign up in The Community Synagogue of Monsey (Rabbi Moshe Dovid Tendler's shul) that "dungarees" (i.e. jeans) -- are not appropriate wear for praying. But that's a different issue entirely ... –  Shalom Dec 19 '11 at 16:39
    
What's that issue? –  Hacham Gabriel Dec 19 '11 at 16:45
    
You're not supposed to pray unless you're dressed "nicely." Rabbi Tendler feels that jeans don't qualify for that -- if you were working in the yard you'd wear jeans (which is fine), but if you suddenly got called to meet the Governor you'd probably switch to "proper" slacks. He's fine with you wearing jeans all day long -- just not for prayers. Then again you're supposed to take off your overcoat for prayers too -- not because there's anything wrong with wearing an overcoat, but because you wouldn't meet the President while wearing one indoors. –  Shalom Dec 19 '11 at 17:44
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Rav Musafi says that in a place where people that dress modestly don't wear jeans, one shouldn't wear them. Therefor I would assume there is no issue of Hukot HaGoyim. http://www.doresh-tzion.co.il/QAShowAnswer.aspx?qaid=65856

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Who's Rav Musafi? Does he say anything indicating that his reasoning is related to chukat hagoyim? –  Isaac Moses Jan 8 '12 at 16:48
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@IsaacMoses Rav Mutzafi is one the most prominent Sefardic Rabbis in the world today, and I didn't see him say anything about chukay hagoyim. –  Hacham Gabriel Jan 8 '12 at 16:53
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