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Author:  Rachel
E-mail:  Mystyle1129@yahoo.com
Date:  12/26/2003 11:14:00 AM
Subject:  shomer negiah
Message:  i was just wondering......lets say someone was getting a ride somewhere from a non-jew and he is a man. In the car he says " hi my name is this and sticks out his hand to shake yours. what r u supposed to do? do u shake his hand back? b/c if you dont, isnt it a chillel Hashem to make the non-jew feel stupid and uncomfortable? and wat r u supposed to say?"im jewish, i dont touch men"??? They wouldnt understand and would feel stupid and may look at us jews as if we were crazy and not polite.

Reply:  You say, "I'm sorry, but my religion prohibits men & women to Shake hands." They will be uncomfortable for a minute, but then they will respect you. It's refreshing nowadays to see someone following a set of morals.

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