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Licking Stamps

17 Kislev 5772
The Question:

Is there a halachic issue licking the glue of an envelope?


I don’t know of such a halachic issue, and the substance is certainly pagum, so that there is no halachic concern in licking.

Nonetheless, some, due to not knowing what the glue might contain, prefer to use a finger rather than directly licking the envelope/stamp. However, there is no halachic need to do this.

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One comment on "Licking Stamps"
  • bob 18 Kislev 5772

    i have seen in a few places (including a few trivia board games)that the glue on israeli postage stamps is certified kosher because of this!

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