What should one do if one washes, with the intention to make ha'motzi on bread, makes the bracha al netilat yadayim and is then interrupted and is no longer able to eat, and/or no longer wants to eat. Is the bracha al netilat yadayim a bracha levatalah?


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No. The Ritva in Chullin (106b) rules such because at the time that you washed you had in mind to eat. R' Ovadia Yosef (Yabia Omer YD 1:21) also rules this way.

This site also brings down such a Halacha, but I'm not sure what their source is.

  • So how who bless on a turmos and the turmos falls need to say BSKMLV
    – kouty
    Aug 10, 2016 at 15:28
  • I don't understand the question.
    – DonielF
    Aug 10, 2016 at 16:59
  • @kouty In this case one said a blessing on a Mitzva and did the Mitzva. In that case one said a blessing on food but didn't eat the food.
    – Double AA
    Aug 10, 2016 at 17:27
  • @DoubleAA I agree. This enhance my ununderstanding about the real kind of bracha rishona. In fact theoretically i was possible to place it after the startinf of eating
    – kouty
    Aug 10, 2016 at 18:28
  • @DonielFilreis see tosfot brachot 39a
    – kouty
    Aug 10, 2016 at 18:29

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