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Section: Shabbos   Category: Likras Shabbos
The Magic Of Shabbos Clothing
Shabbos clothing is not a simple matter.  Much ink has been spilled in debating color, shape, and size.  Do you wear white, black, long, or short.  Even the Shtreimel has its mekoros in Matan Torah.  What is for sure is that one should try to wear special clothing for Shabbos to the best of his ability.

I once heard that the Chida did not wear a single article of clothing on Shabbos that he wore during the week.  The Aderes, Rav Eliyahu Dovid Rabinowitz Teumim, wrote in his tzava'a that the first time he wore any new article of clothing he made sure it was worn on Shabbos.  Rav Zalman Baharan lived in the utmost poverty.  Aside from the only Shabbos garment that he was able to afford which was his top layer, he made sure to change his shoe laces for Shabbos and after putting in the Shabbos laces his face would light up.

One time the Talmidim of the Chozeh of Lublin, among them Rav Naftali Tzvi Ropshitz, through whom this story came down Mipi Kabala, wanted to test if their feeling of Kedushas Shabbos is real.  They wanted to know if it was true kedushas Shabbos they felt which was intrinsic in the day or were they fooled by the externalities and when they davened Shabbos davening and ate Shabbos food and conducted themselves in the way of Shabbos it triggered an imaginary kedusha which wasn't real.

They decided that they would make Shabbos during the week.  If they felt the kedusha that would prove that they were only fooling themselves.  So one weekday they got went to the mikva, donned their Shabbos attire and got together for Kabalas Shabbos.  After davening they ate a hearty Shabbos meal and sang zemiros.  They ascended to the heavenly realm like they did every other Shabbos.  The verdict was in, they were guilty of self fraud!

With broken hearts and deep embarrassment they went to their holy Rebbe the Chozeh and told him about the great "Kedusha" they felt during their midweek Shabbos.  The Chozeh was bewildered.  These were his top talmidim and he had known their pure hearts for many years, how could this be?  Finally he turned to them and asked, did you wear your Shabbos clothing?  They told him that they did.  In that case, he said turning to them calmly, it is perfectly understandable.   Your Kapota and shtreimel are steeped with special and wonderful spirit of Shabbos.  This was not your imagination hard at work.  What you felt was real kedusha.  Wearing these clothing you can feel kedushas Shabbos even during the week!
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