They say that every topic under the sun has already been discussed in this Coffee Room and everything nowadays is merely chazara:
The origin of this is Chaza”l.
When the Kohein Gadol finished the ahvoideh on Yom Kipur and he was going home, there was a massive crowd accompanying him and people where trying to get close to him to kiss his hand. Many times he couldn’t get home till midnight.
It is reported that the Ari Zal when he arrived home from davening Friday night, would kiss his mother’s hand. The practice has a history. Aside from that, it was often that the Rebbe was sitting and those coming to greet him were standing. Kissing the hand was about the only convenient way to do it. If there is merit to this observation, it would suggest the nature of the relationship was more than simple respect.
Why is this custom not observed among the Litvish?
IIRC, According to the Ari”Zal, kissing the hand (specifically of his mother) prepared the hand for the Brocha that she was about to give him.
The custom of Birchas Habonim on Friday night appears to have been well known and widespread in earlier generations. However, virtually every reference I have seen on the subject refers to the brocho being given by the father. I have no problem accepting that a mother can also bentch children, and would actually consider this something I would invite and appreciate. But I have never seen it referenced. Secondly, even the references to the Ari Zal do not have any mention of preparing the hand to give the brocho. It sounds like a nice thought. Where did you find it?
Apdsvys “avoideh”…thats hysterical.
i would only kiss his hand if he’s vaccinated