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Welhelm Gesenius suggests in his Hebrew Dictionary of Tanach that the word derives from the Coptic saht (woven) + nuje (false). He also notes the Septuagent's rendering κίβδηλος (spurious). A pdf of the dictionary page can be found here. Ibn Ezra already notes in his commentary to Vayikra 19:19 that the word is a dis legomenon and as such we can't know for ...


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Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 298:1 אין אסור משום כלאים, אלא צמר רחלים ואילים עם פשתן. אבל צמר גמלים וצמר ארנבים ונוצה של עזים וכל שאר מינים, מותרים בפשתן. The only thing forbidden because of Shaatnez is sheep and ram wool with linen; camel wool, rabbit wool, goat hair, or other similar items are permitted with linen. The rule that only sheep and ram wool ...


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Per Shatnez Testers of America and Chabad.org no. When we speak of wool, we are only referring to wool obtained from sheep or lambs. Other materials, such as camel's hair, mohair, angora, cashmere or alpaca wool, present no shatnez problems.


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This issue is a dispute of Rishonim. The Rash to Kilayim 9:1 says the wool and linen must touch to be prohibited. The Rambam (Kilayim 10:3) holds even if they are not touching, as long as they are in the same garment it is shatnez. תפר בגד של צמר בשל פשתן, אפילו תפרן במשי, או שתפר בגד צמר בחוטי פשתים, או בגד פשתים בחוטי צמר, או קשר חוט צמר בחוטי פשתן או ...


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In Kilayim 9:5, the Mishnah states that a merchant who sells clothing is allowed to pile on himself the shaatnez he is selling as long as he does not intend to benefit from it. The Gemara (Bava Kama 113b) explains that this Mishnah is in disagreement with the Mishnah cited in the question, about whether davar she'eino mitkaven--an unintended outcome--is ...


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Per Gemara Yevamos 5: it is Roshei taivos for שוע טווי ונוז. The Even Ezra translates Shatnez as mixture. http://www.ou.org/torah/article/kilayim_9_7-8 וראיתי לאחד מרבותינו שפירש שוע טווי הצמר לבד והפשתים לבד, ונוז כלומר ואח"כ נוז דהיינו שניהם ארוגים יחד


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Rav Aaron Abadi writes: "Don't listen to the rumors. There is no need to check for Shaatnez on any article of clothing unless you're sure there's shaatnez in there. For all those who need to know.... Shaatnez according to some Rishonim requires "Shua, Tavi, and Nuz all together." We don't have that today. So according to those Rishonim, today's Shaatnez is ...


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http://shatnez.n3.net/ Here are a few: Carpets/Rugs: May require testing. Wool carpets (wall-to-wall) and area rugs may be backed or reinforced with linen. Non-woolen rugs and carpets are not a problem. Services are available at most shatnez laboratories for those who wish to have their carpets tested. Linen and Linen-look fabrics: Require testing. ...


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First and foremost it is a Chok without a reason. However, some see a symbolic reminder in the mitzva of Shaatnez to the first, terrible clash between brothers, that resulted in Kayin killing Hevel. Kayin's offering to G-d was from the produce of the ground and Hevel's was from his flock. Keeping wool and linen separate in garments reminds us of this ...


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Shulchan Arukh YD 304 in its entirety says: כלאי בגדים מותר לעשותם ולקיימם, ואינם אסורים אלא בלבישה.‏ Mixtures of clothing [ie Shaatnez] one may make them and keep them, and they are only forbidden to be worn. So benefit is permitted. That said, 303:2 says: אסור להלביש את חבירו כלאים.‏ It is forbidden to dress his friend with [Shaatnez]. ...


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Since the question is not lima'aseh, I'll give an answer that is not lima'aseh. Not every placing of clothing upon one's body is called wearing clothes and in some situations will actually be allowed. See Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah siman 301 siff 6 with Shach #8 at length where he discusses in depth various situations and laws in that siman with the ...


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Bartenura explains as follows. Hand towels because at times they are used to warm the hands. Covers for Sifrei Torah are at times put on the lap to warm a person. Bath towels as at times he may see his rabbi and cover himself with it. Thus the Sefer Torah itself is not obligated in Shaatnez, however Rabbi Eliezer holds the cover should not be made from ...


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Originally it was real flax. Then the major esrog growers in Israel found a way to save some money and switched to some other natural material. I don't remember exactly what it was Jute? or Hemp? I also don't remember exactly when the change took place, but I am sure it was sometime after 1980. Also I don't think that they went to the present packaging ...


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According to Shabbos 54a, this would not meet the requirements for shaatnez. A double-fastening is needed to make flax and wool into a Kli. One stitch holding a piece piece of wool to a piece of linen is not liable, two stitches are needed. Also, if you wrap a cord of wool and a cord of flax around your hand, you're are liable (eg. leading two camels, one ...


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In part III Rambam's Guide of the perplexed, he categorizes the mitzvot into fourteen classes by their causes, intents and usefulness. He even classifies laws that he acknowledges are choks, which, like all commandments, have a cause, intent, or usefulness, but it has been concealed and is therefore unknown to us. In chapter XLIX, he says that "most of the ...


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The issue is not if something is considered a Beged, but if the Shatnez in it is an issue. If one gets any benefit from the Shatnez (e.g. it keeps one warm) then it's forbidden to wear, sit on and even lean on. Some of these prohibitions are Rabbinic, others are Torah prohibitions. For example, leather covered cushions stuffed with possible Shatnez. The ...


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I think the accepted opinion holds that by an issur one should be choshesh for a "miut ha'motzoi", which I think R.H. Schachter defines as around 10%. So if you think the suit has a greater than 10% chance of being shatnez, you should get it checked. If so, I think only certain higher-end wool suits would be an issue. Some might hold one should check it even ...


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Read the section in Shimushah Shel Torah dealing with it. (It's illustrated.)


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According to AFTA Shatnez Testing Center in Chicago, one cannot rely on Hazakah or Rov or anything like that. They say that ALL men's, women's, and children's clothing that list wool or linen should be tested. ALL jackets and coats should be tested even if wool or linen is not listed If contents list "Other Fiber" or "O.F." beware and have the garment ...


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The 100% in 100% polyester and 100% silk suits refers to the visible part of the suit. Underneath that is an entire world of stuffing, reinforcement and other junk. The easiest place to see some of these is under the lapel; under the felt is something stiff, and it's not silk/polyester. These hidden parts are made from whatever material the factory can buy ...


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Aish says Shatnez is forbidden when it is worn as a normal garment -- i.e. to protect from the cold, rain and heat. It is therefore permitted to try on a new outfit for size, even though it may contain shatnez Wikipedia says, “Shatnez is prohibited only when worn as an ordinary garment, for the protection or benefit of the body,[12] or for ...


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Yad Malachi states in the name of the pri chadash, Yorah De'ah siman 87 sk 7 that we don't make up new concerns of maris ayin beyond what is in the Gemara.


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Since the label is sewn into the inside of the suit, how would anyone know that it is not there? I normally staple it into the inside of the suit so that I will remember that I have had it checked. If it is not there, you might get it confused with a different suit that you need to check. Marit Ayin is a matter of how something appears to people walking by ...


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Although the other answers mentioned that cashmere may be mixed with linen as it comes from the Kashmir goat, practically this is not true. That is because cashmere by itself is a very expensive material. Each goat can only produce about 4 ounces of fibers a year and it is estimated that fleece from 4 to 6 animals would be needed for a sweater. Because of ...


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According to Rabbi Harari of the Midwood Shatnez Laboratory these hats are a wool poly blend made in China with no fear of linen being used. They are fine to wear.


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If we are talking about talking during davening, you can't. As to talking business in schul not during davening, it would tend to be forbidden. However, the Ben ish chai writes that if one is a sefarim seller, he may do business in the schul as the schul is the natural gathering place of people who study torah. A shatnez checker is in a similar situation.


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Well to address the Tzitzis questions the Mechaber writes in Orach Chayim (18:2) (Sources provided from Sefaria) סְדִינִים, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאָדָם יָשֵׁן בָּהֶם בַּבֹּקֶר, אֵין מְטִילִים בָּהֶם צִיצִית. Bedsheets, even though one sleeps in them in the morning, should not have tzitzis attached. The Magen Avraham (see over there) brings down that ...


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The Flatbush Shatnez Center can be contacted at 718-382-5689. You can ship your garments to them and they will ship it back to you. You should call them first as they will guide you as to which articles of clothing need to be sent. Certain clothing may not need to be inspected and certain brands they can tell you from experience that it does not require ...


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There is an organization in Lakewood New Jersey that gives a week-long training every once in a while. It is called NCSTAR, WWW.SHATNEZ.N3.NET I know people from other states that arranged to stay in Lakewood for the week and get trained. Their contact info is: (732) 364-7056 SHATNEZHEDQTRS@YESHIVANET.COM You can read a short article about them here.


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