1,552. Those With Greater Means Have a Larger Obligation

Hilchos Ishus 13:4

A man must also provide his wife with ornaments like colored cloths to wrap her head, eye makeup, rouge, etc. so that she should be attractive to him.

Hilchos Ishus 13:5

All of the above obligations refer to a needy person. A wealthy person’s obligation is based on the extent of his wealth. If it would be appropriate for him to buy his wife silk, embroidered clothing and gold utensils, then he must provide her with such things. Similarly, the residence is based on the husband’s means, as are her ornaments and household items. If a husbands lacks the means to provide his wife with even the minimum required of a poor person, then he can be compelled to divorce her. The money he owes her because of her kesubah is a debt that he must repay when he has the funds.