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Author:  A School Rabbi
E-mail:  not available
Date:  1/11/2005 11:07:00 PM
Subject:  Shomer Negiah
Message:  I work in a Jewish day school with children ages 2-6. In the course of teaching and interacting with them, I develop very warm relationships with them. Sometimes, they may run up and hug me or want to hold my hand when walking from place to place. Is this a problem with the female students? If not, at what age does it become a problem? If it is a problem, can you offer a nice way to explain it to such young children?

Thank you.
Reply:  When the girls are 7-8 years old, depending on their looks/development, you should stop and explain to them that it is not proper.
The method to explain is dependant on the case.

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