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Until what can I touch my niece

Question:

Hi I’m a male and was wondering till what can I touch my niece

 

Answer:

Thank you for your question.

A male may touch his mother or daughter, however regarding a niece, she is not considered a relation that these things are permitted. Therefore touching a niece has the same as touching any young girl that isn’t a relative, the age is until three years old. There is a common misconception that since a niece is a relative, that these halachos don’t apply, however this is a mistake.

Best wishes

Sources:

Halichos Shlomo (Tefilla) 20-9, Avnei Yoshpe 2-89-4

 

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