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Can you use one instance of hand washing, say after leaving a beis hakvaros, to cover you for another, say using the bathroom?

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I think somewhere in Pesachim it says something about not being able to combine mitzvot (with respect to brachot). Let me check. –  rosenjcb Jul 31 at 20:22
    
@rosenjcb 102b but it won't help you here –  Double AA Jul 31 at 20:33
    
@DoubleAA How come? I'm just throwing a good guess, but wouldn't this count as bundling mitzvot? You're using the same act of handwashing to leave the beis hakvaros as to use the bathroom. –  rosenjcb Jul 31 at 20:40
    
would it depend on whether each of the actions is a "mitzvah" and/or requires a bracha on the washing? –  Danno Jul 31 at 20:46

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Shulchan Arukh OC 165 rules one can just wash their hands once when wanting to eat bread after just leaving the bathroom. (He recommends a different practice because of issues related to in what order and when to say the various relevant blessings.)

Seemingly your case is parallel.

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There is a concept of אין עושין מצות חבילות חבילות: One may not bundle mitzvot (Pesachim 102). The context of this quote from gemara is with reference to the question of whether one may use the same cup of wine for kiddush and for birkat hamazon. The reasoning being that it seems as if one is just trying to shrug off the mitzvot, instead of caring for them properly. Using this logic, you should do two hand washings.

Further reading: http://www.dafdigest.org/pesachim/Pesachim%20102.pdf

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@DoubleAA Oh come on, at least tell me why it's wrong. –  rosenjcb Jul 31 at 20:43
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If I touch hundreds of dead lizards, must I dip in the Mikvah hundreds of times? –  Double AA Jul 31 at 20:48
    
@DoubleAA Don't be facetious now. –  rosenjcb Jul 31 at 20:50
    
I'm not. That is the logical conclusion of your answer. –  Double AA Jul 31 at 20:52
    
@DoubleAA If you visit a cemetery, you wash your hands and you say asher yetzar (etchem badim), right? If you go to the bathroom, you wash your hands and you say asher yetzar (et ha'adam). If one leaves a grave, and then immediately goes to the bathroom, then shouldn't he wash his hands first and then go to the bathroom? –  rosenjcb Jul 31 at 21:03

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