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Kissing the Torah

Is it better to kiss the sefer torah in shul with one’s hand, or to take a tzitzis string from the talis, touch the Torah with the string, and kiss it?


Both options are equally acceptable. However, it is preferable to actually kiss the Torah, rather than doing so by means of hand or tzitzis.

Sources: See Pischei Teshuvah, Yoreh De’ah 149:7, in the name of Shelah (one should actually kiss the Torah, and only kiss via the hand when this is not possible); see also Shaarei Chaim (149:3) and Shaarei Rachamim (149:5) who make the same point.

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