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(RNS) As the flu outbreak spreads across 47 states some religious denominations are advising congregations to take precautions, but others believe avoiding infection is just a matter of common sense. By Solange De Santis.


  1. It’s a stretch to say that shaking hands is “essential” to a Jewish prayer service. It’s a common custom at most. That’s why the OU saw no need to issue any guidelines, it’s not a religious issue. It’s a commonsense issue. Don’t shake hands if you don’t need to if the flu is going around.

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