Do you take your shoes off when at home?

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  • #1456432

    Curious.

    #1456440

    Joseph
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    Many have a minhag that it is assur to walk in socks (without shoes) unless the person is a yosom.

    Walking In Socks

    #1456446

    CTLAWYER
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    When I come into our mudroom from outside, I remove my shoes and put on leather bedroom slippers.
    As Joseph said we don’t walk in only socks unless in a period of mourning.

    #1456447

    Lightbrite
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    Most def! Leave those suckers at the door.

    Otherwise more allergens on the floor [carpet].

    Doctor prescribed, but did it before!

    #1456448

    Geordie613
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    Interesting question.
    If i’m wearing slip on shoes, i do take them off and put on crocs which are usually waiting by the front door.

    #1456499

    Lightbrite
    Participant

    I too have indoor shoes (flip flops) that never leave the house.

    #1456500

    Lightbrite
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    Though, once I forgot that I had them on, and I stepped outside for 2-3 steps. When I remembered that I was wearing my indoor flip flops, I swiftly returned inside. Then, I washed them in the shower, and let them air dry.

    The end 🙂

    #1456510

    WolfishMusings
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    Shoes come off my feet pretty much the minute I get home.

    The Wolf

    #1456521

    CTRebbe
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    Will all those saying that it is asur please quote a bona fide source. Otherwise, we can all assume that it is just based on silly Jewish superstition (like if you walk over a child he will not grow)

    #1456536

    WinnieThePooh
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    Cant’s stand (in) shoes, even those claiming to be “comfort” shoes. They come off first thing when I come home, and then it’s crocks. Can’t walk barefoot either.

    #1456537

    Shopping613 🌠
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    Of course!
    I find slippers and crocs to be annoying. I never seem to remember to pt them back on and off when I want to sit on my bed or a chair with my feet up, etc.

    I usually just wear socks, and in the winter I have thick socks. I also like being able to wear colorful and fun stuff around the house, I have a drawer filled with ankle/shorter socks in many fun designs and colors to wear around the house. So I never run out when pairs need to be washed

    #1456542

    goldersgreener
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    was a MAJOR punishment when i was in school to have your shoes taken away. and you would have to walk around in your socks …. even outdoors ….

    Don’t think anyone enjoyed it.

    #1456565

    Joseph
    Participant

    CTR, Rav Chaim said not walking over a child is a valid Yiddishe הנהגה.

    #1456596

    iacisrmma
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    ctr: Nobody stated that it is outright assur. Joseph stated “Many have a minhag that it is assur”. I too grew up this way and my grandfather A”H would say to us that only an avel walks inside a house with just their socks and no shoes. He was satisfied whether we had on shoes/slippers/flip flops/sneakers/sandals. Personally I do not take off my shoes until I am ready for bed as I was taught in my parents house but I am not makpid on my wife or children.

    #1456650

    Takes2-2tango
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    Many hold that with todays modern day sock its with modern day flooring its not a problem. Ask your LOR

    #1456651

    Joseph
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    iac, why aren’t you makpid on your wife and children – just as it was makpid in your home as a child on the wife and children?

    #1456685

    iacisrmma
    Participant

    My wife’s family was not makpid on this issue so I did not impose this on her or on our children. My mother was her father’s daughter on this issue and my father acquiesced to my maternal grandfather’s minhagim as he usually did when he did not have a specific minhag.

    #1456750

    Chaim Eliezer
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    I never understood this practice until our children reached school age. When all shoes are left by the door, it saves at least five minutes when trying to get them out of the house in the morning.

    #1457246

    CTRebbe
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    I think we all would agree that there are many Jewish superstitions and urban legends that are out there that have no valid basis (I never heard that R. Chaim had said that about stepping over children). The question is if anyone knows if this “minhag” has a real basis or is just one of those that we saw a grandparent was makpid on? Not cast aspersions on any grandparent of thos who have commented in the YW CR, but many alte European Jews were not very learned and many practices emerged without any valid basis. Is this one of them?

    #1457272

    iacisrmma
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    It may be that this idea comes from the gemora in Shabbos 129 amud alef as stated in the sefer Taamei haminhagim: Sif Ayin Tes and Sif Pay Zayin

    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14556&st=&pgnum=539
    http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14556&st=&pgnum=541

    t22t: This may be what you are referring to regarding modern floors.

    #1457311

    Joseph
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    CTR, it’s in the sefer. Rav Chaim said it is valid.

    #1457456

    Goldersgreener, do you have some kind of shoe-related-topic detector? 🙂

    #1457455

    Volozhiner, Brisker, or Kanievsky? (Probably the latter.) Which sefer?

    #1457482

    (My previous 2 posts were approved in reverse order.)

    #1457572

    Joseph
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    “(My previous 2 posts were approved in reverse order.)”

    Venohapoch Hu.

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