Saturday, May 4, 2013

Harchakot, beyond niddah


The sages prohibited certain interactions between a husband and wife when the wife is a niddah, lest the couple become drawn into biblically prohibited relations due to their normal familiarity with each other. This includes, for example, handing items to each other directly. These actions are called harchakot.

The harchakot are a concern only for a married couple, since they are accustomed to being permitted to each other. These do not apply for any other man and woman.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 1:90)

Have a great day,

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