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Halacha - shaking hands
Submitted by Sarah  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

Reb Moshe Feinstein zatzal writes in 4 different places that a man should not shake hands even under professional circumstances because he may feel some personal affection which would be an issur d'oraisa. However there are those who say that in private conversations Reb Moshe did permit a limp handshake when necessary. In my experience most non-Jews will accept and respect one who stands up for his religious principles, as long as it is done in a polite manner.

posted:2008-12-18 22:41:23

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