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If a person wakes up in the middle of the night to perform a small, brief action (say putting a pacifier back into a baby's mouth) is she required to do netilat yadayim (washing her hands ritually)?

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I heard once from Rav Willig (senior, of YU) that you do not have to wash netilas yadayim unless you've completed your nights sleep. Don't recall the mekor.

  • I recall seeing a Mishna Berura like this, but can't find it now. It said something along the lines of "and he no longer wishes to sleep", and so I asked my rebbi 'if one gets up, but wants to go back to bed, does he still wash?' – Ze'ev Felsen Oct 5 '16 at 18:16

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