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Author:  anony
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Date:  8/26/2004 2:13:00 PM
Subject:  touching
Message:  Where is the source for the prohibition of sister and brother touching in a social way? This is something I do practice but I would like to explain the above if need be to friends or family. Thank you!
Reply:  Gemara Shabbat 13a

Ramba"m Issurey Biah Perek #21 Halachah #6

Tur & Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer #21:7

Not much room for confusion.
They want a source why it is not allowed. Now you ask them for a source why it is allowed. They'll say, "people do it."

Great source! So we follow a religion of what the "people do." And if you want to differ from that, you better have a good source, which wouldn't help anyway, because "people do" is a much stronger source. Strange!?
But they wear a black hat and somehow God will just have to overlook some of the modifications made.

Good luck!

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