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The simple answer is that inasmuch as the pre-bedikah washing is for the purpose of cleanliness as apposed to leisure, in is not a violation of the prohibition of "rechitzah".Rambam


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Disclaimer: I was mechadeish this p'shat based on the sources mentioned below. If you can find this p'shat somewhere, that would be amazing, but I have not seen this explanation anywhere. If you don't like it, feel free to disagree. The Ramban (to Devarim 4:2) says, and I'm paraphrasing here, that the issue of Bal Tosif is that you can't add a Mitzvah and ...



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