If one is going to recite kri'at shmaʿ on its own (in order to recite it in its proper time), do you need to wash your hands first specially for the purpose? I.e., you're going to be davvening shaharit with a minyan that will miss the latest time, so you're reciting it on your own beforehand. Or, you davvenned ma'ariv with a minyan that prays before nightfall, so later you're reciting kri'at shmaʿ on your own.

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    Brachot 15a but Rambam, Hilchot Kri'at Shema 3:1
    – Double AA
    Dec 29, 2015 at 15:37
  • DoubleAA, is there a scenario on that page where kriat shma is not followed by tefillah?
    – paquda
    Dec 29, 2015 at 15:40
  • He says he curses someone who looks for water to wash for just Shema, but for Tefila it's fine. (Note there are Girsa issues and different understandings. But that's the starting point.)
    – Double AA
    Dec 29, 2015 at 15:41
  • DoubleAA, but that's a situation where you don't have water, and would have to spend time looking - what about the default situation where you're at home and have water available?
    – paquda
    Dec 29, 2015 at 15:50
  • I said it's a starting point. You could understand like that and conclude, like it seems the rambam above did, that if you have water you should use it. Perhaps you might also understand the gemara is similar to the one (Chullin 106a) about washing for fruit being מגסי רוח and think it should never be done. The ShA TTBOMK never mentions a requirement to wash for Shema.
    – Double AA
    Dec 29, 2015 at 16:00


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