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This Shiur by Rabbi Brofsky says The Rema (166; see Tosafot, Sota 39a) adds that one should not delay reciting ha-motzi for more than the amount of time it takes to walk 22 amot (approximately 11 meters). The Acharonim (see Arukh Ha-Shulchan 166:2, for example) record that some are even careful to wash their hands close to their table in order ...


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In the Shulchan Aruch Harav it says two or three words (that have nothing to do with the meal) are not considered a Hefsek: ומכל מקום אין צריך ליזהר אלא מלדבר באיזה עסק וענין אחר אבל שיחה בעלמא ב' או ג' תיבות אינן חשובין הפסק לדברי הכל אפילו במים אחרונים (כיון שאין בהם ענין שלם) וכל שכן שמותר להשיב הן או לאו כששואלין אותו דבר.‏


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As explained in Shulchan Aruch HaRav the majority opinion among Rishonim is to say a bracha on washing when dipping vegetables the way we are with Karpas. Tosfos כל שטיבולו disagrees, and therefore we don't say a blessing (as it is a safek). There is a common practice to rely on this opinion completely and not wash at all for dipped vegetables. So in this ...


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Good try, but no, not that washing. In the late Second Temple period, it became common practice for most Jews, even non-kohanim, to try to keep all food as non-tamei as possible, as if it were terumah or a sacrifice. (Terumah -- not just bread, but even wine or oil -- would require hand-washing before consumption.) Thus, they would wash before any ...



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