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How about "For reasons of modesty I don't shake hands with the opposite gender- it's lovely to make your acquaintance / see you." It's the truth and it's to the point.


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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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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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"Although it is clear enough that Jewish men should not touch women for reasons of niddah" This is not entirely exact. For the husband this is the reason, and nidda as a prohibition punished by Karet, not as a uncleanness. But a married wife married with an other man, despite that she is not nidda is prohibited because Eshet Ish. See Sefer Hachinuch 188: ...


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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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