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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Crocs For Tisha B'Av? - Rav Elyashiv and Rav Shternbuch
 On Tisha B'Av it is assur to wear leather shoes.  Crocs are synthetic and do not contain any leather.  However there is a Machlokes between Rashi and the Rambam if wooden shoes that are not wrapped in leather, are assur on Yom Kippur because since you cannot feel the ground they are like shoes even though they don't have leather.  The Shulchan Aruch (614:2) paskens like the Rambam who says that it is permissible while the Mishna Brura (5) says we should be Machmir like Rashi.
 
On one hand, Tisha B'Av is not as stringent as Yom Kippur, which is Min HaTorah, so maybe we need not be machmir.  On the other hand, Crocs are worn by millions of people as shoes every day of the year.  The Gilyon Halacha U'Maaseh asked the leading poskim their opinion.
 
Rav Elyashiv said that since Crocs are worn all year round, you are not permitted to wear them on Tisha B'Av.  Rav Moshe Shternbuch said that while technically you may wear them on Tisha B'Av, it is better not to. Similarly Rav Nissim Karelitz and Rav Meir Brandsdorfer held that it is not assur but Yirei Shamayim should not wear them.
 
Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.
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Visitor Comments: 6

AD, 2009-07-28 07:05:25
Who is the Gilyon Halacha U"Maaseh? Do either of the Gedolim have a printed Teshuva on this topic?
RE, 2009-07-28 07:13:33
It is a very popular Gilyon that is widely distributed in Eretz Yisroel weekly. Each week a shaila is posed to 4-5 gedolim who respond.

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pw, nyc, 2009-07-28 12:34:22
with the same logic, we shoud not wear sneakers ???
YH, 2009-07-28 15:01:14
Please explain.
What does wearing them year round have to do with anything? If they are not leather, how are they not permissible or not perfectly acceptable for Tisha B'Av?

p.s. As an American, I prefer reading the psak of American poskim regarding practical halacha.
AS, Brooklyn, 2009-07-28 16:01:14
What about wearing them all year long for davening?
FH, Yerushalayim, 2009-07-29 06:37:47
See Halichos Shlomo from Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach who says that footwear that has no leather if it is very comfortable "there is place to be machmir" on Tisha B'av not to where it.

The footnote cites the Shaarei Tshuva in the name of the Panim Meiros. It also says that while on Yom Kippur we are more lenient still on Tisha B'av we could be machmir since we are in a state of tza'ar and there is an inyan to go in a state of Ogmas Nefesh..

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