There are many Halachos that a leftie does with his left hand and those that he does with his right hand. For example Shema is always done with the right hand even if you are a leftie. By which other Halachos does a leftie use his right hand too?

  • I Love the play on words Oct 10, 2010 at 4:27
  • I take exception to the careful construction of the sentence that avoids ending it in a preposition, and thus allows the writer to employ the Jewish 'by'!
    – Seth J
    Dec 12, 2011 at 2:24
  • Counterpart: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/30662
    – msh210
    Aug 21, 2013 at 5:42

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R' Paysach Krohn wrote an English-language book on halachos for lefties. It's available free by mail if you call his home; he lives in Queens, New York, and is listed. (Obviously, you might want to pay him for it, and the postage.) The book is arranged in sections, one of which is a list of things lefties do the same as righties, and another of which is things lefties do the opposite from the way righties do; so one whole section of that book answers your question. (I'd copy things therefrom, but can't locate my copy.)

Edit: I've now discovered this book online. (Thanks to Dr. Melech Tanen for linking to it.) He has twenty-one subsections devoted to things lefties do with the right side, of which the following are about the right hand specifically (as sought in the question):

  • Cover your eyes with your right hand for sh'ma.
  • Give tz'daka using your right hand.
  • Bless a child on Friday night by putting your right hand on his head.
  • Tap your chest with your right hand during confession.
  • Put on your right sleeve before your left when dressing.
  • Pick up the cup with your right hand for washing hands on arising.
  • Pour water over your right hand first, when washing hands on arising or for bread.
  • When holding onto a sefer Tora with one hand for an aliya, use the right hand.
  • When doing birchas kohanim, your right hand should be slightly above your left.
  • Look at your right-hand fingernails during havdala.

As always, for practical halacha, consult your rabbi.

  • It is called "Yad Eliezer". Rav Chaim Kanievsky wrote a guide for lefties called "Kuntres Ish Itar"
    – Yahu
    Oct 15, 2010 at 7:27
  • Re banging the left side of your chest, that may have more to do with where your heart is than what hand you use. ;)
    – Scimonster
    Jan 3, 2017 at 18:12

This chart is pretty interesting.

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    Please edit in the contents of the link.
    – mevaqesh
    Jan 3, 2017 at 19:10

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