The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - SI­MON ROCKER

THE um­brella body for cen­tral Ortho­dox rab­bis in the United States passed a res­o­lu­tion only last month ex­plain­ing that on a plane, Jews are “per­mit­ted to sit next to a mem­ber of the op­po­site sex who is not a rel­a­tive even when this un­in­ten­tion­ally causes phys­i­cal con­tact”.

The Rab­bini­cal Coun­cil of Amer­ica ad­vised peo­ple who did not want sit next to mem­bers of the op­po­site sex to buy ex­tra seats around them. But “one should avoid ask­ing a per­son in an ad­ja­cent seat in a pub­lic venue to move be­cause that per­son is a mem­ber of the op­po­site sex”, the RCA stated.

If asked to move in such cir­cum­stances, you may “po­litely and firmly refuse, thereby re­in­forc­ing the proper be­havioural norm be­tween the sexes in such venues”.

But if such a re­quest is made “un­ob­tru­sively and cour­te­ously”, you can agree to it at your own dis­cre­tion.

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