Yichud and affectionate touch [hugging and kissing] with an adpted child

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Adoption-The Mitzvah and Halachic ramifications-Part 2

Yichud and affectionate touch [hugging and kissing]:[1] It is forbidden for a parent and an adopted child of opposite gender to be in Yichud, or hug and kiss, once the child reaches the age of Yichud, [which is three years old for a girl and nine years old for a boy[2]].[3] However, some Poskim[4] have been Milameid Zechus for those who are lenient in this matter if they were adopted prior to them reaching the age of Yichud prohibition. Practically, most Poskim[5] completely negate this opinion, and the Rebbe’s position on this matter was clear, that Yichud and hugging and kissing between the adoptive parent and child is forbidden irrelevant as to the age of the child when the adoption took place.[6] The Rebbe pressed for this matter to be publicized. Practically, most God-fearing adoptive parents are careful in this matter.[7]


[1] See Nishmas Avraham ibid 3

[2] See Michaber E.H. 22:11; Nishmas Avraham ibid 4

[3] Otzer Haposkim 9:130-132 in name of the Rebbe and many Gedolei Haposkim; Minchas Yitzchak 9:140; Shevet Halevi 5:205-8; 6:196; Devar Halacha 7:20 in name of Chazon Ish; Devar Yehoshua 3 E.H. 16-17; Divrei Yatziv E.H. 46; Nishmas Avraham ibid in name of Rav SZ”A and Rav Elyashiv

[4] See Tzitz Eliezer 6:40-21; Igros Moshe E.H. 4:64-2

[5] See Otzer Haposkim ibid; Shevet Halevi ibid; Minchas Yitzchak ibid; Nishmas Avraham ibid in name of Rav SZ”A and Rav Elyashiv

[6] See Igros Kodesh 23:24; 100, 310, printed in Shulchan Menachem 6:11

[7] Shevet Halevi ibid

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