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A related question was recently on The Workplace, and one of the answers there offered a phrasing I like. While dodging the physical interaction (more about that in a moment), you can say "I'm sorry, my religion allows me to shake hands only with my wife" (or husband, for women in this position). Or you could say "touch" instead of "shake hands with" if ...


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The subject of touching is in Shulchan Aruch Yore Deah 195 Shulhan Aruch sayf 17 Shach Sayf koton 20 Gemoroh Shabbos 13 And the main discussion is in Sefer Hamitsvot lavim 353 with the objections of the Ramban. All the interdictions of non-sexual contact are bounded to a sexual risk. the cited gemoroh treat about the couple in prohibed period But your ...


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Saifer chasidim 1090 A Jewish man can not slap hands with a non Jewish woman And a Jewish woman can not slap hands with a non Jewish man Even when the hand is coverd with clothing (The commentaries explain that if they are both Jewish it is OK when the hand is covered with clothing (but only if it is not done for the man to be able to see the woman for a ...


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Regarding neveilah (See Bechoros 23), there would be no distinction to be made if you were wearing a glove or you sat on a dead animal (though sitting on a pillow on TOP of the animal would be different). The conveyance of Tumas maga happens irrespective of your clothes, which are considered batel to your body. The issue regarding yayn nesech is its use for ...


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Saifer chasidim 1090 A Jewish man can not slap hands with a non Jewish woman And a Jewish woman can not slap hands with a non Jewish man Even when the hand is coverd with clothing (The commentaries explain that if they are both Jewish it is OK when the hand is covered with clothing (but only if it is not done for the man to be able to see the woman for ...



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