Rabbi Elyashiv: No Crocs on Yom Kippur
Lithuanian religious leader's new halachic ruling stipulates that it is best not to wear Crocs shoes on Jewish holy day because they are too comfortable
Ari Galahar • Ynet
Leather is traditionally not worn on Yom Kippur as a symbol of humility and increased humanity on the atonement holiday.
The halachic ruling came in response to a question posed to the rabbi by a young yeshiva student asking whether it is permissible to wear on Yom Kippur shoes one would normally wear throughout the year. In response, the rabbi ruled it is best to avoid wearing Crocs on the holiday. "It is permissible legalistically, but it is inadvisable," said Rabbi Elyashiv.
The rabbi further explained his ruling saying that he ruled according to the halachic authorities who believe that the prohibition against "wearing sandals" refers to not wearing leather shoes.
Rabbi Elyashiv's ruling will create a challenge this year for his students, many of whom have chosen in recent years to wear Crocs on Yom Kippur. Because worshippers spend most of Yom Kippur at synagogue for prayer services that include long periods of standing, Crocs have been a favored choice among synagogue-goers on the holiday and have gained popularity in the haredi sector because of the difficulty posed by standing through all the prayers.