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Some sources that men and women are obligated in mayim acharonim are given in a comment to Women and Mayim Acharonim. They are: Ben Ish Chai, First Year, Parshat Shelach, #11 and Halacha Berurah 181:1. Halichipedia says that both men and women are obligated in mayim acharonim and gives the following sources: Torah Chaim Sofer 181:1, Sh"t Shalmat Chaim ...


The primary source for this is the Mishna - מסכת ידיים - Chapter 2 Mishna 1: נָטַל לְיָדוֹ אַחַת מִשְּׁטִיפָה אַחַת, יָדוֹ טְהוֹרָה. לִשְׁתֵּי יָדָיו מִשְּׁטִיפָה אַחַת, רַבִּי מֵאִיר מְטַמֵּא, עַד שֶׁיִּטּוֹל מֵרְבִיעִית.


There is a a halachic basis to have dry hands and to have the handle of the washing cup dry before washing. It is the view of the Chazon Ish (see here). The Chazon Ish is here. The Mishnah Berurah O Ch 158 [45] says that one should not dry hands on ones clothes as this causes forgetfulness. It refers there to washing hands after washing, but it seems to me ...


The custom for women to trim their nails before going to the Mikva is recorded in Shulchan Arukh YD 198:18 but the reason given is related to avoiding dirt under the nail in the part of the nail which extends past the flesh. The Levush (ibid :18) there asks why this is not practiced by Netillat Yadayim. He gives two answers: Men are not so particular about ...

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