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When you have a doubt about how you should be following halakha, the final decision should always come from a rabbi. They are trained to consider all of the factors of a matter. What might seem to you like an applicable case in the Shulkhan Arukh may very well not actually apply to your situation for some reason that you had not considered. It might also be ...


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I think you may be mixing up going to the bathroom and washing your hands. Orach Chaim 3:17 discussing someone who is witholding themselves from going to the bathroom says they are commiting the prohibition of Bal Teshaktzu. I am not aware of anywhere that says that one who does not do Netilas Yadayim is committing such a prohibition. Bal Teshaktzu means it ...


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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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