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Clean clothes during the 9 Days

Question:

What is the definition of “freshly landered”. What about items laundered, drty cleaned or even new that has been in a drawer or closet fir an extended period of time?

Thank you in advance for your help.

 

Answer:

The term “freshly laundered” really means laundered before it was worn of used again. Therefore, even clothing or towels that were washed a while ago, are not worn during the nine days, even though they were washed a while ago. The term “freshly laundered” just means to explain the reason for not wearing laundered clothing- because wearing a laundered article of clothing has a certain pleasure to it because it is “fresh” and not sweaty or used.

Best wishes

Sources:

Shulchan Aruch O:CH 551-3.

 

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