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    Shaking Hand of Opposite Gender

    Stump the Rabbi: Why are we careful not to shake hands with people from the opposite gender? Video

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    Source?

    Where is the Makor of not shaking hands. You constantly say chachomim say not to shake hands. Source please?

    Mendy From Florida
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    Mendy From Florida

    The real answer…it’s halacha and has nothing at all to do with minhag or minhag chabad in particular, as many assume. I once heard a modern orthodox rav giving a whole shiur on this subject which was brilliant and brought down many poskim across the board who have stated that shaking the hand of the opposite gender is completely assur – even for business

    Oh, please!
    Guest
    Oh, please!

    I know enough “chassidishe” men who would never shake hands with a woman, but their cell phones are full of shmutz. To play these out as cause and effect is to have your head buried deeply in the sand.

    The hard truth...
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    The hard truth...

    Look, if that’s how Rabbi wolf thinks, at least we know Rabbi wolfs cellphone is clean! And for most of the rest of us – (secret:) Va’ani Besochom…- Halavai Beinoni… The one comforting thouhgt is that now that everyone is a Rashsa (in some sense) Moshiach can now come, as it says that Moshiach will come in a generation that is either entirely Tzadikim or… Reshoim. Moshiach now!

    Please explain
    Guest
    Please explain

    How does that answer the question M

    Shomer
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    Shomer

    Did you ever here of shomer negia? As far as I know when shaking someone’s hand you are touching them unless you are wearing a gloves

    source
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    source

    There is a teshuvah of Reb Moshe about it.

    Halacha...
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    Halacha...

    Rambam (Hilchot Issurei Biah 21:1) rules that all physical contact that is affectionate (derech chibbah) is forbidden by the Torah, while the Ramban (Sefer Hamitzvot Lo Ta’aseh 353) holds that the prohibition is of rabbinic origin. Rabbeinu Yonah (Sha’arei Teshuva 3:80) takes a stricter approach: “All physical contact is forbidden, such as touching the hand of a married woman.” According to this view, all physical contact is forbidden by Torah, whether or not it is affectionate. Within the approach of the Rambam, there is further discussion. The Shach (Yoreh Deah 157:1 and 195:20) writes that he would permit all non-affectionate… Read more »

    A rav
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    A rav

    Beautifully written!

    Thanks
    Guest
    Thanks

    Thanks for your clear and concise halachik explanation!

    Exactly the explanation I was looking for
    Guest
    Exactly the explanation I was looking for

    Thank you

    Nicely written
    Guest
    Nicely written

    Thanks for the well written sourced commented. You get an upvote

    Connection?
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    Connection?

    What’s the connection of not shaking hands to checking a spouse’s cell phone?? As far as I know the simple answer is it’s a protection not to come to do an aveira (forbidden relationships)

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