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Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl (notes to Mishnah Berurah 1:2) quotes the Vilna Gaon as saying that after the martyrdom of Graf Potocki (the famed “Ger Tzedek of Vilna”) in 1749, ruach ra'ah was no longer powerful enough to mandate washing immediately upon rising. From a more technical perspective, Shevut Yaakov (3:1) notes that this ruling is nowhere to be found ...


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According to Rabbi Kaganoff's article: Yet another stringency is that one should be careful not to touch food without first washing away the ruach ra. However, if one did touch food prior to washing, the food may be eaten (Shu’t Shevus Yaakov 2:105; Artzos Hachayim, Eretz Yehudah 4:4; Darchei Teshuvah 116:35). If I have a chance to get to any of ...


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The order is always first filling the natla and passing it from the right hand to the left (to remark the superiority of chessed, which is denoted by the right side, over din, which is denoted by the left side), and pouring first on the right hand. This is mentioned in the Shulchan Aruch (siman dalet, seif-katan yud and Mishna Berura there). This is done ...



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