I heard about a minhag the other day (for the first time) and was wondering if there is any makor for it. I was told that people ran out to "catch" the water that was used to wash the Kohanim's hands before going to duchen by Nei'ilah on Yom Kippur. It's apparently a segulah for, well, something (maybe we'll find out more soon.) This minhag I have never heard or seen before (due to the fact I'm not a Kohen, Levi, or Bechor and didn't know about the minhag thus didn't run out of shul to catch the water when the Kohanim washed their hands!)

Has anyone ever heard of this? What's the makor (source)? Perhaps this has been mixed together with some other minhag?

  • I've never heard of this. But perhaps it's related to this (see #757 and Kuntres Acharon #13).
    – b a
    Dec 16, 2012 at 23:20
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    Very curious practice considering the ban on washing on YK.
    – msh210
    Dec 17, 2012 at 4:40
  • @msh210 with the minimal amount of water that there already is I'm assuming there is even less to "catch" in this case -- my brother-in-law (a chassidishe yid from Yerushalayim) told me about this
    – Yehoshua
    Dec 17, 2012 at 5:09
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    @Yehoshua, why do you say "minimal amount of water"? The halocho is that the Cohanim have to get washed properly, even on YK - the entire hand up to the wrist. (And I've never heard of this, despite being a Levi - and I can't figure out how they get around the issur of washing on YK as well as the Issur of touching water that was used for washing which would require one to wash ones hands.) Dec 17, 2012 at 12:48
  • @DannySchoemann didn't know that was the halacha/minhag. Like I said I'm not a cohen, levi, or bechor and don't get out so much during this time on Yom Kippur
    – Yehoshua
    Dec 17, 2012 at 13:59


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