Bs’d-INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL SHATNEZ LABORATORIES
Yosef Sayagh 641 7th Street, Lakewood NJ 08701 (732) 364-7056 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor: R’ Adam Singer (Savannah, Georgia)
Russian Caps–Jan ‘07
All Russian textiles must be carefully checked for shatnez before they are used. The Russian garment industry is known to make extensive use of linen and wool in all types of garments.
Rosh Hashanah is a time when thousands of yiden from all over the world come to the kever of Rav Nachman M’Breslov in Oman, Russia. R’ Yoel Schocket and R’ Eliezer Assoulin urged the askonim of Breslov to set up a temporary “Shatnez Testing Laboratory” in Oman, Russia,
The askonim launched a “shatnez awareness campaign” in Oman and requested that R’ Yoel Schocket and R’ Eliezer Assoulin make themselves available to test garments for shatnez starting a few days before Rosh Hashanah. This service has beeen available for the past three years.
R’ Yoel said “most of the Russian Hats (Kutchmers) that they tested were shatnez."
A Wool Russian cap bought in "Oman" Russia made its way to Mexico.
It was given to R’Moshe Cabasso (Mexico Shatnez lab) for testing.
R’ Moshe found an inner lining in the cap's beak that was 100% linen.
Russian hats have always been known to contain shatnez.
We find that the Chofetz Chaim in his sefer Machne Yisroel instucted Jewish soldiers in the Czar’s army to wear their uniform which contained shatnez only when faced with a risk of capital punishment for non-compliance. If not obligated to wear headgear , the Chofetz Chaim added, they should go bareheaded rather than wear a hat containing shatnez.