Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Reluctance to kill animals to use their hide for clothing


"The custom is to say, “May you wear it out and get something new,” to a person who is wearing new clothes.

"Some have written not to do this for new shoes, or for clothes made of animal hide; he would have to kill another animal before he could have a new garment, and it is written, 'His mercy is on all of His creations.' This reason appears quite weak and illogical, but many people are careful not to say this statement for such items."

(Rama in Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 223:6)

Have a great day,


  1. Why does he say that the reason is weak and illogical?

  2. I'm not sure. Perhaps because if this truly bothered us, we would not kill the first one, either.