Spiritual Clothing by Michael Winner/4/25/2014 I don't know why, but I keep getting an error when I select a picture. See attached.Anyway, here is the edited version:I hope everybody enjoyed their Pesach. Ours was tiring, but fun. We took the children to an isolated beach on the Mediterranean, and allowed them to play in the small pools of water that formed within the rocks. We also went to the “Monkey Farm” in Yodefat (where Josephus was captured by the Romans… I don’t think they had a monkey farm there at the time). We also went to local parks that you could reach via car or bus. And we had relaxing breakfasts together. We did end up doing something most “Un-Winner”-like (i.e. not planned). A few hours before that last day of Pesach began, we realized that we were all prepared and ready. So, my wife thought, “Hey! Let’s go to Meron" (where Rebbe Shimon bar Yochai is buried). So, we hopped in the car, went and davened there for 10 minutes, and zipped back home. The joys of having a car up north! Too bad I had to return it today… Oh well… On to Torah!“And a garment of shaatnez (mixture of wool and linen), you shall not wear…” (Vayikra 19:19) Rav Shimshon Pincus writes that the clothing of a Jew needs to be special in three ways. First, it must be modest. It should not be something that attracts attention to oneself, even if it’s covering up everything it’s supposed to cover up. Second, it must not contain shaatnez, which is a mixture of wool and linen, which is just as forbidden as eating pig. And third, if one is of male-persuasion, one should wear tzitzis. Rav Pincus then brings in a fourth special point of clothing. When a person dresses himself in proper clothing, something that shows that he or she is a ben/bas Torah, that clothing can also serve as a spiritual shield. Hopefully, that person will always be aware that his clothing shows to the public at large that he takes Torah seriously, and in order to properly project that, he will be extra careful in his behaviour and who he associates himself with, and this in turn, will protect him from committing many sins. My Rosh Yeshivah, Rav Asher Rubenstein, was very stringent in how he expected his students to dress, because it does have an effect on the person. He once mentioned that he wanted to fine students for wearing their shirts untucked, because it was not becoming of a Ben Torah to dress in a sloppy manner. He never did enforce this idea, he simply wanted to make a point. After Adam and Chava (Eve) sinned, Hashem made for them “Ketonet Or,” or leather clothing. Leather, “or,” is spelled with the letter ah-yin. It can also be spelled with the letter aleph, which would render the word “clothing of light.” Concludes Rav Pincus that just as Hashem made “clothing of light” to Adam and Chava, so too, anybody who is careful in his clothing and how he dresses himself, will be blessed with “clothing of light.” Have a great Shabbos!