If I inadvertantly forget to wash and said the bracha hamotzi, and have just broken the bread, but not eaten yet, what should I do next?

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In the Aruch HaShulchan OH 167:17


he writes that if one forgot, said the beracha of hamotzei before he made netilas yadiim, he can wash his hands and the washing is not considered an interruption, and therefore he does not need to repeat the hamotzei after he washes

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    <<he can wash his hands and the washing is not considered an interruption>> does he wash with a bracha, or with without a bracha?
    – Eli
    Jan 2, 2011 at 17:02
  • Are you sure he means that he may wash and make the b'racha ? The precedent case is one where he had already washed but forgot to say al n'tilas yadayim yet.
    – WAF
    Jan 2, 2011 at 17:29
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    Jan 2, 2011 at 21:25
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    He makes the Beracha. A case brought in SA OC 167 7 (and see Hagahos HaGr"a 28) hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14326&st=&pgnum=245 in which the one making Hamotzi made the Bracha before one of the people he was being Motzi had a chance to finish washing. The washer's beracha is not an interruption since it is necessary for the meal.
    – Yahu
    Jan 2, 2011 at 21:32
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    WAF, remember that wiping the hands dry is the part of the Mitzvah that we make the beracha on, otherwise there would be a problem of not being "oveir laasiyasan". Which begs the question, why does the Mechaber state the case as where Reuven dried his hands and then made the beracha? It must be the Mechaber does not mean specifically in that order, rather that is what Reuven did in summation.
    – Yahu
    Jan 2, 2011 at 21:36

since the from icar hadin you could eat less than a cazait without netilat iadaim, I think you could eat less than cazait and then do netilat iadaim. but I'm not sure about the beracha

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