Commuting by Public Transportation
The daily commute is part of life for countless individuals in the workforce. Off-hours on the buses and trains may be relatively quiet, but when rush hour hits, the buses and trains are packed, wall to wall. Large numbers of
commuters are jammed together in a small space, so that touching, bumping and even pushing other passengers is inevitable. Obviously, some of these passengers are going to be members of the opposite gender. How do we reconcile subway rush hour with the Torah’s prohibition against negiah (physical contact with members of the opposite gender)? To what lengths must we go to avoid the rush hour crush on the train?