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The מגן אברהם quotes the שער הכוונות that the ruach tum'ah (impure spirit) of the morning jumps back and forth from one hand to the other until the washing is finished. כי ע"י כן רוח הטומאה הנקראת שיבת"א (חולין ק"ו ע"ב ושבת ק"ט ע"א) בת מלך היא ומקפדת ודולגת וקופצת עד שנעתקת לגמרי משם ואם לאו אינה נעתקת. וכן נמצא בזוהר בכ"י The בן איש חי in his ספר בן ...


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Kabbalah says that when you first wake up, there are spirits in your body that leave. Only a few stay, and they are in your hands. They also say that when you are washing, these spirits jump from hand to hand, so you have to "chase" them. This is the reason for alternating from hand to hand. However, when washing for bread, you are only removing the Tumah ...



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