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Can one wear new clothes during Three Weeks? Do pajamas and undergarments have the same rule?

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There are 2 issues. The first is the happiness of wearing fresh clothes. This applies from Rosh Chodesh until after Tish'a b'Av (specifically 1/2 day on the 10th for Ashkenazim). Shulchan Aruch 551:6. Garments meant to absorb sweat are not worn for happiness, but to prevent being uncomfortable. So the custom is to wear fresh pajamas and undergarments. I don't know who talks about this for bein hametzarim, but one source is Aruch Hashulchan 389:7

During the three weeks we refrain from making shehechiyanu. This applies to wearing new clothes which give you great simcha (like a new suit). Shulchan Aruch 551:17. We usually will not make a shehechiyanu on shirts and pants and certainly not PJs, but shehechiyanu is situation based so ask your rav.

  • So essentialy as long as I dont make a Shechiyanu normally it ok? – YRU Jul 7 '10 at 0:30
  • You are reffering to rosh Chodesh Av right? – YRU Jul 7 '10 at 0:34
  • It's OK for undergarments/socks/PJ's. Keep in mind that laundering is still forbidden during the 9 days even for these garments. Yes, the issue is from Rosh Chodesh Av, the start of the "9 days". Plus, before Rosh Chodesh, all non-shehecheyanu new clothing is fine, too. – YDK Jul 7 '10 at 1:02

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