Kissing Hand after shaking

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    Yabia Omer
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    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?

    #1719038

    Joseph
    Participant

    You should kiss the hand of a tzaddik.

    #1719046

    DovidBT
    Participant

    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?

    #1719047

    I’ve only seen the sefardim in my neighborhood kiss the hand of the Rabbanim.

    #1719048

    musser zoger
    Participant

    After shaking hands use hand sanitizer.

    #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…

    #1719116

    Yabia Omer
    Participant

    I don’t mean kissing the have itself. I mean shaking someone else’s hand and then kissing your own hand.

    #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..

    #1719122

    BocaMaggid
    Participant

    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.

    #1719200

    Yabia Omer
    Participant

    Boca happy or not, it’s a common practice.

    #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.

    #1719289

    laskern
    Participant

    Kissing the hand shows indirectly respect.

    #1719317

    Josh from Brooklyn
    Participant

    Make sure to get vaccinated before you kiss somebody’s hands!

    #1719331

    BocaMaggid
    Participant

    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!

    #1719430

    👑RebYidd23
    Participant

    Stop spreading allergies.

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