Cotton Apparel Containing Shatnez

4 Adar II 5771
March 10, 2011

100-cottonIn this case, a garment marked 100% cotton was found in actuality to contain 50% wool and 50% linen tweed. The person wore it on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, only to learn the label did not accurately display the garment’s true makeup.

For those who were present in Ramat Beit Shemesh for Rabbi Yaakov Gurwitz’s lecture, you understand, you are aware that a trained shatnez professional can feel and generally assess if a garment requires testing based on look and feel, and at times, as is the case here, the label is a scam. He explained the basic components that can protect us, the consumer, from transgressing this Torah commandment.

While it is not the same as being there, seeing the garments and posters that were included in the lecture, the audio of the lecture is available on the Beis Tefillah Yonah Avraham website .

To read the entire article, please click on the following hyperlink – 11-mar-ca-cotton-outfit
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  • Daniel
    March 10, 2011 - 10:18 | Permalink

    Which of Rabbi Gurwitz’s rules for knowing when to check garments would have caught this? Does it qualify as “linen look”? Pretty hard to tell with such a coarse weave.

  • miriam
    March 10, 2011 - 17:14 | Permalink

    You don’t mention where this person got the garment. If this was purchased in the US and had a label from an American importer then this should be pursued in a law suit as a violation of truth in advertising. Even though only Jews are affected because of Shatnez violations, there could be people who cannot wear wool, for example due to allergic reactions, among other reasons.

  • Eliyohu
    March 13, 2011 - 18:16 | Permalink

    You can take the matter up with avigolf themselves, if you like. Don’t know if that will yield any results. Their number is +39 037189 019, but they probably only speak italian.

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