I am under the impression that one is required to wash one's hands with a utensil (typically, the same type of cup used to wash before bread) after using the bathroom.

  • Firstly, what is the source of this custom?
  • Secondly, why must a utensil be used when washing one's hands after using the bathroom?
  • Lastly, is it permissible to wash one's hands without a utensil (after using the bathroom)?
  • Why wouldn't it need a utensil? – Double AA Apr 23 '13 at 21:30
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    That reference in the Shulchan Aruch doesn't mention a bathroom at all. It's talking about washing one's hands upon awaking. – Double AA Apr 23 '13 at 21:32
  • I'm confused about your last comment, @DoubleAA. Shulchan Aruch 4:18 explicitly says "אלו דברים צריכים נטילה במים: [...] היוצא מבית הכסא". – Lee Apr 23 '13 at 22:06
  • But that's not where it talks about the utensil. – Double AA Apr 23 '13 at 22:22
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    Yes,for davening or learning, but when one wakes up they need to get rid of the ruach raah – sam Apr 23 '13 at 23:10

In Siddur Horav he writes one does not need to pour 3 times and one does not need a utensil.

אם עשה צרכיו...צריך ליטול ידיו שנית במים לתפלה פעם אחת...אך א"צ כלי


See Rivevos Ephraim 5:593 who brings the Ben Ish Chai (Od Yosef Chai), who makes a distinction between "ruach raah" of a bathroom and that of sleep. Because the "ruach raah" of the bathroom is not as strong, there is a leniency and one does not need a utensil. See Minchas Aron Daf 13:1. It seems that one can be lenient and use the faucet after bathroom use, and there is a true source.

See inside for exact wording. See Igros Moshe EH 1:114.

  • If you look at the Shaarei Tshuvah 4:12,he says very similar. – sam Apr 24 '13 at 12:12
  • If you look at that Shaarei Tshuvah more carefully, though, you might see the opposite. He is coming off the Mekor Chayim of R' Chayim Kohen who is referring to washing INTO a Keli. The Eliyahu Rabbah quotes the same piece although it is misleading. – HaLeiVi Sep 22 '15 at 4:49

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