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Halacha - negia
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

While a brother and sister are allowed to touch because Chazal understood that there is no physical attraction between siblings, the Rambam writes that kissing (or any other affectionate touching) is reprehensible. The explanation is given that there is an issur miDerabbanan since it could lead one to touch other relatives that are forbidden, such as an aunt or cousin. R' Moshe Feinstein zatzal explains that this only applies at the age when one could begin to feel a physical attraction. However, in today's morally perverse society there are numerous cases of incest, and one should take care to go beyond the letter of the Halacha.

posted:2008-10-05 18:48:34