Ritual hand washing. Required before or after certain actions, e.g before eating bread, after waking up, etc.

Some other times that hands are washed (copied with permission from Wikipedia) are:

  • after visiting the bathroom, the ritual washing of one's hands as a symbol of both bodily cleanliness and of removing human impurity
  • after cutting one's hair or nails
  • after participating in a funeral procession, upon leaving a cemetery, or coming within four cubits of a corpse
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