Love in the Time of COVID-19: Is Holding Hands OK? – Jewish Exponent

Love in the Time of COVID-19: Is Holding Hands OK? – Jewish Exponent


Aleeza Ben Shalom, Danielle Selber and Michal Naisteter answer questions about dating during a pandemic.

I matched online in April with a guy I went on a date with three years ago. Back then it was a total friend vibe but now there’s chemistry, flirting and very cute back and forth over the phone and FaceTime. I suggested that we meet in person — first six feet apart with masks and then maybe holding hands or kissing. He agreed. When I thought about it, though, I kind of think physical touch is a bad idea. What should I do? I’m not sure how to re-approach the physical touch conversation seeing as I am the one who proposed it in the first place.

Aleeza Ben Shalom: Masks and/or distance are good choices, but zero hand holding and zero kissing unless you wants to quarantine and be separate from family. And besides, the best way to create chemistry is to hold off touching. It’s the best for building intimacy and excitement.

Michal Naisteter: What is special about this time and you have this new layer of discovering ways that you can connect with people and how you feel on navigating this and consent is one of them. Think of it as an opportunity for you to state your wishes and discuss
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