shomer negiah


shomer negia (SHOH-mer ne-GHEE-uh) listen


  • adj. Refers to Jews who don't engage in physical touch with people who are not their family members.

  • n. The concept of observing this practice.

Example Sentences

  • "The Jewish concept of shomer negiah provides clarity and allows a person to appreciate and realize their self-worth." (source)

  • "Usually, someone who is shomer negiah will not touch anyone of a different gender older than the age of bar or bat mitzvah except for their spouse." (source)

  • "I would give you a high five, but I know you're shomer negia."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • שומר נגיעה / שׁוֹמֵר נְגִיעָה shomer negi'ah 'observant of touch'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      shomer negia


  • Often abbreviated to simply 'shomer'.

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