Halakhah הֲלָכָה

In the mishkan, the כֹּהָנִים (kohanim, priests) wore special clothing while performing their duties. While these clothes have not been worn for a very long time, there are still many halakhot connected to our clothing today.

Shabbat clothes
Did you know that it’s not only fun to dress up in your finest clothes for Shabbat, it’s actually a mitzvah?
The Talmud explains that one of the best ways of showing כְּבוֹד שַׁבָּת (kevod Shabbat, honor for Shabbat) is by wearing special clothes, not whatever we wear during the rest of the week (Shabbat 113a).
In the Talmud Yerushalmi (Pe’ah 8:7), Rabbi Simlai taught that everyone should have two sets of clothing, one for weekdays and one for Shabbat. His students cried out, “We are poor and only have one garment!” Rabbi Simlai responded that, for Shabbat, they should try to beautify whatever clothing they have. One important way to do that is to ensure clothes for Shabbat are clean (Peninei Halakhah 2:4).
Fashion tips for Shabbat
  • It is recommended to get dressed in festive Shabbat clothes on Friday, immediately after you bathe or shower for Shabbat. However, if your Shabbat preparations might get your clothes dirty, you should wait until after you finish your messy tasks (Shulhan Arukh, Orah Hayyim 262:3).
  • If you are home alone on Shabbat, or traveling, or for some other reason celebrating Shabbat alone, you should still get dressed up for Shabbat. The point is to dress in a way that honors Shabbat itself, not to show off for the people who see you (Mishnah Berurah 262:6).