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|Halacha - Shaking hands with a woman|
|Submitted by Adi Salama Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh|
|Answer: While technically a professional handshake is not affectionate and should be permitted at least miDeoraisa, HaRav Moshe Feinstein zatzal writes that a man should not trust himself to control his passion completely as a single affectionate thought would render the handshake assur min HaTorah. An issur d'Oraisa is not pushed off for risk of public embarrassment, however in most situations a polite explanation of Halacha is sufficient to diffuse the problem. Logically an elderly woman should be less of an issue, but a distant relative is actually more strict in certain Halachos. as she is likely to be "libo gas ba" for Hilchos Yichud.