Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: Issur of Lo Yilbash Applies On Purim Too

Friday February 22, 2013 8:40 AM - 7 Comments

rabbi-shmuel-eliyahuRav Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Tzefas and a son of former Chief Rabbi Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, issued a p’sak two years ago that all men are forbidden to dress as women even on Purim, since the issur of “Lo yiulbash gever simlas isha - Neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment” (Ki Seitzei 22:5) spplies regardless.

In response to a question sent as a text message, Rav Eliyahu noted that some authorities exclude children under the age of 13 from this issur or permit the wearing of one women’s garment, but said that those who follow the ruling strictly will be blessed.

The question and answer was published in the Olam Katan bulletin distributed in Eretz Yisroel.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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7 Responses to “Rav Shmuel Eliyahu: Issur of Lo Yilbash Applies On Purim Too”

1. Comment from Secular
Time February 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM

It probably depends on the quality of the costume.

2. Comment from Anonymous
Time February 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

For Sefardim it is forbidden because the Mechaber says so. The Rema is meikel, so there is a heter for Ashkenazim, but many Ashkenazi poskim are machmir as well.

3. Comment from Interesting
Time February 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

The Chasam Sofer (D’roshos 170) quotes a Medrash which states that not only did Achashveirosh wear Bigdei Kahoonah at his party, but so did Vashti.

He says that this is a “small remez” why ladies wear mens’ clothing on Purim, similar to Vashti who wore mens’ clothing.

4. Comment from USA is bankrupt
Time February 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Thank you for the halachic advise.

Gender mix dressing should always be avoided and dressing like ARABS in Israel is a security danger (or like IDF soldiers in some neighborhoods LOL)

5. Comment from Secular
Time February 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Is this Purim Torah?

6. Comment from Yisroel F
Time February 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM

To Comment #3 From “Interesting”:

According to this statement in the Medrosh that Vashti also put on the Bigdei Kehuna, this could be a Remez of Maasei Avos Siman L’Banim - The actions of the earlier generations are a portent of what will happen with the later generations. That just like the wicked Vashti put on the (man’s) Bigdei Kehuna, so in our recent era, women have made every effort to take over men’s roles in life and hold men’s positions of leadership. Specifically in the realm of Torah, very unfortunately, women who have distorted knowledge and understanding of Torah have tried to move into the realm of “Bigdei Kehuna” in the form of being women “rabbis” and women “cantors” and leading public services and women “Daiyanim,” etc. (And the women rabbis and women cantors actually put the same kind of robes that the men rabbis and cantors wear.)

7. Comment from Yisroel F
Time February 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM

To Comment #3 From “Interesting”:

This statement in the Medrosh that Vashti also put on the Bigdei Kehuna, this could be a Remez of Maasei Avos Siman L’Banim - The actions of the earlier generations are a portent of what will happen with the later generations. That just like the wicked Vashti put on the (man’s) Bigdei Kehuna, so in our recent era, women have made every effort to take over men’s roles in life and hold men’s positions of leadership.

Specifically in the realm of Torah, very unfortunately, women who have distorted knowledge and distorted understanding of Torah have tried to move into the realm of “Bigdei Kehuna” in the form of being women “rabbis” and women “cantors” and leading public services and women “Daiyanim,” etc. (And the women rabbis and women cantors actually put the same kind of robes that the men rabbis and cantors wear.)

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