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


rabbi-shmuel-eliyahuRav Shmuel Eliyahu, chief rabbi of Tzefas and a son of former Chief Rabbi Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, has issued a p’sak 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 will be published in the Olam Katan bulletin distributed in Eretz Yisroel.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. Whats the Big Chidush? This is already inthe Poskim for years! Here is a halacha taken from http://www.HalachaForToday.com:

    Although it is customary to dress up in costumes on Purim, care must be taken that men do not don women’s clothing, and vice versa as doing so is a biblical transgression of “Lo Tilbash” as well as being a problem of Pritzus. This applies to children as well, and G-d fearing people should not treat this lightly. (Mishna Berura Siman 696:30 and Be’er Heitev Os 13. See also Aruch HaShulchan and Siddur Ya’avetz who are very stringent with this.)

  2. This issue is a Machloukes Shach and Taz.

    (I don’t recall which Pousek said what) According to one opinion, one is PERMITTED to wear the clothing of the opposite gender if it’s for a mitzvoh i.e. Purim, entertaining a Chosson and Kalloh. However it is OSSUR otherwise for one to dress in ANY clothing of the opposite gender.

    According to the other opinion, it is OSSUR to wear the clothing of the opposite gender even if it’s for a mitzvoh, however one MAY wear the clothing of the opposite gender if one is NOT trying to appear as the opposite gender. i.e. a wife wearing her husband’s coat because she’s cold, would be permited.

  3. I guess davening without a hat and jacket which is braught in haluchu with no apparent bar plugta and dying for eretz yisroel and living in dangerous places is muter because I guess after all theres a new fourth case of yahrog vial yavor and thats yishuv eretz yisroel which the religious zionists have added but where does the isur of lo silbash on purim come from I thought the mishna berura says its fine and besides doesnt rashi al hatorah say why its usur because of pritzus so whats this new psak about