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A mixed garment of wool and linen. The prohibition against wearing this kind of garment is stated in Leviticus (19: 19): ‘neither shall come upon thee a garment of two kinds of stuff [shaatnez] mingled together’. The word shaatnez occurs in the Bible only here and in the parallel verse in Deuteronomy and its etymology is uncertain. According to the Rabbis the meaning is explained in the verse in Deuteronomy (22: 11): ‘Thou shalt not wear a mingled stuff [shaatnez], wool and linen together.’ Orthodox Jews still observe the law of shaatnez as a divinely given ordinance, whatever its reason. Reform and many Conservative Jews no longer keep this law since, according to them, it has no meaning for the modern Jew.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

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