PRECEDENCE: RIGHT SIDE
  • When Right Side Takes Precedence

    In general, the right side is given priority in our actions. This is considered to be proper behavior and not just good advice; however, it is a custom, not a halacha.

    Examples
    • A talmid chacham walks on the right of another person. (If there are two or more other people, the talmid chacham walks in the middle of the others);
    • Put on your right shirtsleeve, sock, or shoe first (but tie your left shoe before your right shoe);
    • Hold the lulav in your right hand;
    • Wash your right hand first.
    Note In all cases, if you reversed these, or if it your custom to reverse them, there is no problem.
    Note Left-handed men must put tefilin on their right arm. For other practices, left-handed people should consult a rabbi.