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Black underwear, white stockings

1 March, 2008

Question:

My wife is breastfeeding and had a staining on black underwear which went through to the white crotch of her stockings , is this a problem because it appeared in the end on the white part (the size was larger than permitted) or is it ok because it first went through black?


Answer:

Although it first went through black cloth, the stain that got through to the white cloth cannot be dismissed as a stain on a colored surface.

If the size of the stain on the white cloth is clearly larger than a gris, it still may prove helpful to have the stain's color evaluated by a rabbi.  Also, the status of synthetic fabrics with respect to stains is a matter of halachic dispute.  If the white crotch was synthetic, that should be mentioned to the rabbi, as it may provide grounds for leniency. 


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