Posts filed under Tisha B'Av

Sneakers on fast days: when spirit and letter collide

While the injunction against wearing leather shoes on the fast days of Tisha B’Av and Yom Kippur intends to create an experience of uncomfortable abstinence, the prohibition has ironically meant that on the two most solemn days of the year, we are allowed to wear our most comfortable shoes to synagogue. Although many Jewish communities continue to “sidestep” this sneaker contradiction, some contemporary authorities have issued rulings intended to rescue the spirit of the law.

Posted on July 22, 2014 and filed under Special Sections, Tisha B'Av, High Holidays.