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Touching Shoes with Gloves

If someone touches his shoes with gloves on, does he need to wash his hands? Does he need to wash after removing the gloves because while removing the gloves he might have gotten his hands soiled from the gloves themselves?



One does not have to wash after touching shoes with gloves that protect the hands. One does not have to wash after taking off the gloves, unless one’s hands actually became soiled.

According to some, the concern over touching shoes is because of ru’ach ra’ah, whereas others explain that the concern is for getting one’s hands soiled. Either way, the concern does not apply while wearing gloves.

See Mishnah Berurah 4:41; Shulchan Aruch Ha-Rav 128.

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