Is it important to wash one's hands before eating or is also the preparation of the meal important as well? Should one wash before handling bread but not make a brachah or is washing only relevant to right before one begins to eat their meal?
In regards to the ritual hand washing, I don't know if this is in regards to waking up negler vaser, or for bread negler vaser. But...
Submitted by anonymous Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh Question: If a food was touched prior to washing negel vasser (by mistake) are we allowed to eat it afterwards? Answer: The Mishna Berura states that Halacha permits it, but one should be very careful to avoid this situation. Other Seforim suggest the food should be discarded, primarily for reasons based upon Kabbalah.