1. Assuming that one must wash one's hands before eating bread unless the water is very far away, and
  2. assuming one is near water, and
  3. assuming that the highest precedence b'racha is the b'racha for bread - hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz, and
  4. assuming that one has bread as well as food demanding other b'rachos, and
  5. assuming one has every intention and desire to eat the bread, and
  6. assuming the water is sufficiently inconvenient at the moment of decision to make washing a slight annoyance,

is one required to eat the bread first, or is the slight annoyance enough to bump the other food up the precedence ladder, deferring the bread until later?

UPDATE: Now with sources!

  • I intend to eat the bread, but not now? Then how is it different than having a sandwich and an apple in my lunch and eating the apple earlier in the day? – Isaac Kotlicky Jul 27 '15 at 17:08
  • The only reason for delaying the bread is the slight annoyance of walking away and washing. Indeed I would eat the bread right now if I'd already washed. Your question is my question. – WAF Jul 27 '15 at 18:23
  • So... I'm still not going to eat the sandwich now. How is this a question? If I'm going to get up and wash, then I get up and wash first. If I'm annoyed enough NOT to (even though I want to) then I don't wash... – Isaac Kotlicky Jul 27 '15 at 18:25
  • @IsaacKotlicky If you have a source for your last part that could be a good answer. – WAF Jul 28 '15 at 12:07

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