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Is a person with one gender allowed to be a guide / interpreter for a deaf / blind person of opposite gender?

This should fall into the same category as visiting a doctor of the opposite gender. Because just like the Shach Yoreh Deah 195:20 says that according to the Rambam, the only issur of negiah is when ...
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Is a person with one gender allowed to be a guide / interpreter for a deaf / blind person of opposite gender?

R. Joseph Messas wrote the following responsum on the similar issue of touching between a nurse and patients. Otzar Hamichtavim Vol. III # 1,833 תשובה דבר פשוט אצל כל הפוסקים שאין אסור נגיעה ...
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How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake

Why hasn't anybody, here, consulted a non-Jewish friend - or a Jewish person with a different belief system, at least - about how he or she would like to have their handshake declined? I would prefer ...
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Do the laws of Negiah depend on sexual orientation?

This question is tricky because it's not clear that Halachah recognizes such a phenomenon of one who is just asexual though technically physically capable of sexual intercourse. Similarly, it's not ...
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Negiah before Nisuin

Even if there's no prohibition touching a penuya tehorah1 (single girl), these two cases have some sources which could indicate an issur. Arusa That very passage in masseches kalla states without ...
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Would the kohen place his hands under a woman's hand when she brought bikkurim?

There is a dispute among the Rishonim exactly how tenufah was performed. Some understand that the owner placed their hands under the basket and the kohen placed his hands beneath; others understand ...
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Is a person with one gender allowed to be a guide / interpreter for a deaf / blind person of opposite gender?

Similar to abochur's response, this article quoting Rabbi Shimon Taub writes, Drawing on Rambam’s position on the laws of negiah, Rabbi Taub explains that, under very limited circumstances, ...
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Was Jacob shomer negiah?

The Midrashim explain that Jacob's kiss to Rachel was a kiss to a relative, which is not considered sensual. [Bereishis Rabbah 70:12, Shemos Rabbah 5:10]. Ibn Ezra explains that לְרָחֵ֑ל, (with the ...
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Must a man that is unable to obtain an erection follow the laws of shomer negiah?

R. Waldenberg (Tzitz Eliezer vol. 6 p. 230) brings the opinion of R. Yehudah Navon that even according to Rambam there would not be even a rabbinic prohibition since physical contact, in this ...
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How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake

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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How to tell someone about Shomer Negiah

To add to the other great answers already: Usually when a woman extends her hand to shake hands I politely say to them, "I'm sorry, I don't shake." I have been told that this is the proper thing to ...
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How to tactfully circumvent opposite-gender handshake

Adding to the other answers, here's a story and anecdote that might help. The Rabbi's Candy I recall a story, though I can't seem to find the source, that Rabbi Lazer Brody carries candy in his ...
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Is there any reason a Jewish woman should not shake hands with a non-Jewish man?

"Although it is clear enough that Jewish men should not touch women for reasons of niddah" This is not entirely exact. Sexual relationship is prohibited and punished by Karet. Touching is ...
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Harchakot while grieving, ch"v

A man hugging a woman who is a nidda is more severe than הרחקות. It is actually קריבה לעריות. I think that would eliminate your question.
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Is negiah okay if the relationship would be forbidden?

You are mixing up two things that have nothing to do with one another. A man is allowed to touch his close relatives: mother, grandmother, (grand)daughter, and sister (although the last is less ...
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Touching a niddah other than one's wife

General: There are a number of activities which are rabbinically forbidden with one's wife when she is a nidda distinct from general prohibitions that apply to an ervah (someone carrying a karet ...
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What are the rules of negia as it relates to stepsons or stepdaughters?

the Lubavicher Rebbe (who does not (at least usually) decide halacha question) seems to hint that it is obviously it is forbidden from http://www.chabad.org/2307923/ ...by prefacing that the laws ...
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Shomer negia for aunt and nephew

The prohibition contact applies between an aunt and nephew Rambam Issurei Biah 21,6 and Shulchan Aruch Even Haezer 21,7: המחבק אחת מן העריות שאין לבו של אדם נוקפו עליהן או שנשק לאחת מהן כגון אחותו ...
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Shomer negia for aunt and nephew

The Shulchan Aruch (Even Haezer 21:7) addresses this: המחבק או המנשק אחת מהעריות שאין לבו של אדם נוקפו עליהם כגון אחותו הגדולה ואחות אביו וכיוצא בהם אע"פ שאין לו שום הנאה כלל הרי זה מגונה ביותר ...
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Non-Jews touching Jews For Medical Care in an Emergency

There is no restriction on Jews and non-Jews touching. There is a restriction on touching between the sexes, regardless of faith, where the touching might lead to inappropriate behavior. Different ...
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Harchakot while grieving, ch"v

The sources of the following are Bet Yosef YD 195, Shach (YD 195 sk 20, 157 sk 10) and Minchat Yaakov, Sidre Tahara at the same siman, Rambam, Ramban, Megilat Esther Lavim 353. Chinuch 188, Bet ...
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Touching a Stepson

The question I've heard more often is an adopted child, and I'd assume the theory would be the same. Lo and behold, in that case some rabbis say yes and some say no. Here's an mp3 from Rabbi Dovid ...
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