April 24, 2019 1:24 am at 1:24 am #1718700
If we kiss our hand after touching a Mezuza or a Seder Torah, the certainly we should do it after shaking hand of a fellow Jew. Thoughts?April 24, 2019 5:01 pm at 5:01 pm #1719038
You should kiss the hand of a tzaddik.April 24, 2019 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #1719046
Isn’t the kissing of the hand a sanitary alternative to kissing the object itself? I’ve seen people actually kiss the Seder Torah.
Does shaking a fellow Jew’s hand and then kissing it, mean that you would like to kiss the person himself, except that you don’t want to spread germs?April 24, 2019 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #1719047
I’ve only seen the sefardim in my neighborhood kiss the hand of the Rabbanim.April 24, 2019 5:03 pm at 5:03 pm #1719048
After shaking hands use hand sanitizer.April 24, 2019 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #1719035
I hear your logic and want to go down that road and see where it leads:
If a mezuza or sefer Torah is not brought into a bathroom, certainly a fellow yid shouldn’t be allowed to go into a bathroom…April 24, 2019 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #1719116
I don’t mean kissing the have itself. I mean shaking someone else’s hand and then kissing your own hand.April 24, 2019 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #1719117
YO – there is a HUGE difference between a Mezuza or a Seder Torah with even a tzaddik. The treatment of a chefetz of kedusha is such that one cannot take the sefer Torah into a washroom c”v. But a tzaddik can go into the washroom. Why? Because the sefer torah is a chefetz shel kedusha (an OBJECT of joliness), while the tzaddik is kedusha (holiness) but not an object, rather a human being, and as such does not have the dinim of a chefetz shel kedusha. The sefer HaRambam cannot be taken into a bathroom, even though the Rambam himself went to the bathroom..April 24, 2019 9:15 pm at 9:15 pm #1719122
So wait, someone shakes another person’s hand, kisses his own hand and then wants to shake my hand. I’m supposed to be happy with this.April 24, 2019 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm #1719200
Boca happy or not, it’s a common practice.April 24, 2019 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm #1719209
The kissing of one’s own hand implies that some keduaha was transferred by the hand shake. Like the gartel of a sefer Torah or the tallis that touches the klaf, and then the gartel or tallis is kissed becuae it retained the kedusha of the Sefer Torah.April 25, 2019 10:34 am at 10:34 am #1719289
Kissing the hand shows indirectly respect.April 25, 2019 10:35 am at 10:35 am #1719317
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Make sure to get vaccinated before you kiss somebody’s hands!April 25, 2019 11:05 am at 11:05 am #1719331
Never mind that the show of “respect” does not always look genuine, in this time of measles outbreak among the Orthodox, and now hepatitis A in South Florida, let’s be more sanitary. Other ways can be employed to show deference to the riteous. Please!April 25, 2019 4:20 pm at 4:20 pm #1719430
Stop spreading allergies.
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