Grand rabbi of Gur bans handshakes between men because it can lead to sin


Two Lubavitch rabbis kissing 
By: John Roberts

The Hasidic sect of Gur was shocked to learn that their rabbi has issued a ban on handshakes between men as it might lead some to sin, according to a report in the Charedi World.

At a recent meeting, the head of the Gur education department, Abraham Benjamin Silberberg, said that shaking another man’s hand is now prohibited because it can lead to sinful thoughts.

Silberberg notified education supervisors about the new ruling at the special meeting, and ordered them to begin educating Gur boys about deviant male handshakes. Silberberg said that two males are only allowed to touch each other’s fingertips, however, it is better for men and boys to avoid touching completely.

He also instructed yeshiva teachers to educate teen boys and young men to avoid touching each other. “This new prohibition will ensure the holiness of our next generation,” Silberberg said.

A few weeks ago, several rabbis in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak issued a ruling that it is prohibited to carry a groom on one’s shoulders while dancing at weddings. The rabbis said that they banned the practice after a groom, who was carried on a friend’s shoulders, was unable to consummate his marriage after the wedding.

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