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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Shevet HaKehosi: Staring At Your Wife In Her Borrowed Dress
The Michaber paskens (EH 21:1) that it is assur to stare at the fancy colored clothing (Bigdei Tziv'onim) of a women you know, even if it is not being worn.  The Shevet HaKehosi (5:226) asks, what happens if your wife borrows or buys a dress from a friend who previously wore it.  Does the issur still apply? Certainly, he says, it would be better if his wife did not tell him that it is her friend's dress because the issur only applies if he knows the women who wore it, and knows that it is her dress.  However even if his wife told him, there would be no issur to stare at the dress.  The reason is, because now he associates the dress with his wife and not the previous owner.

The Tshuvas HaBach (17) paskens that it is assur to make a Paroches for an Aron Kodesh from a deceased woman's Bigdei Tziv'onim because people may stare at the paroches and violate this issur.  The Bach clearly holds that the issur remains even after the death of the woman.  What would he hold in our case?  The Shevet HaKehosi distinguishes between these two cases and explains that in the case of the Bach, the paroches will still conjure up images of the deceased woman since she was the last one to wear it.  However if there is a subsequent owner (i.e. your wife) then the original owner's memory is obliterated and she is no longer linked to the dress.

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.

This article has not been reviewed by the posek of the AskRevach section, Rav Peretz Moncharsh.  Any questions regarding this topic and Halacha L’Maaseh may be asked to him at www.revach.net/ask
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