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Chapter 84:11-12
Laws of Carrying: Clothing & Jewelry

11. It is permissible to lift up the edges of one's garments slightly so they do not become soiled when passing through a dirty or muddy area. It is, however, forbidden to lift them up entirely [since this would be considered carrying] (1).

12. It is permissible to go out [into the public domain] on Shabbos wearing two garments, one on top of the other, even if one is not wearing the second garment for one's own purposes, but in order to [bring it to] a friend or the like.

[This leniency is granted] only when, during the week, one might go out wearing two garments of this nature (although usually one doesn't), since then [wearing the second piece of clothing] can be considered a normal way of dressing. If, however, one never wears two garments of this nature, it is forbidden to wear the second garment, because it is viewed like a "masui" (an object being carried rather than worn) (2).

The same principles apply to wearing two pairs of socks or wearing a large hat over a small cap (such as a "yarmulka," ("skull cap") ).


(1) See Mishna Berura 301:117.

(2) According to the Mishna Berura (301:133), even wearing two garments in a way that one would never usually wear them, is still only a violation of a rabbinical decree. In other words, once one is wearing an item, rather than carrying it, it is no longer a biblical violation, however the Rabbis prohibited wearing something in a way one would never wear it, because then it is obvious to others that one is trying to transport an object to a friend, rather than wear it for one's own benefit.

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