If you wash your hands and your mind goes blank and you dont remember if you said a bracha or not. do you make a new one? Do you wash again and then make a new one?

  • I say if you had that much hesech hadaat you probably need to wash again midina!
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 6:44

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The general rule with berachot is safek berachot l'hakel- in a case where we are not sure whether we make a beracha we err to the side of not making another one. This is a subset of the general rule of safek d'rabanan l'kulah (we are lenient about doubts which occur on mitzvos from the Rabbis.)

The exceptions are berachot that are d'orayta "from the Torah" which are bentching (grace after meals) and birchat hatorah. However, one would be covered by the bracha of ahava rabba before shema in the morning if one was not sure about birchat hatorah and would not say it if one has said or plans to say that bracha.

Therefore you one would not go back and wash or make a new bracha.

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    +1. But a clarification: Bentsching is often, but not always, required by the Torah.
    – msh210
    Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 18:19

I would think that if you know for sure that your hands are now tahor, then there is no problem. You washed your hands in order to purify them, so even if you didn't say a bracha, your hands would still be tahor. The tahara is taluy on the netila, not on the bracha.

In my opinion, I would think that someone should be nervous about washing one's hands and saying a bracha on the netila could be a bracha levatala. What if your hands are still tahor since the last time you were notel them? Then what happens is that you are notel them again and you say a new bracha - that would be a bracha sh'eino tzricha!

  • @Vrahm, I was not talking about keeping them naki, I was talking about keeping them tahor! And also, are you saying that someone who has Attention Deficit Disorder would never be able to wash his hands properly? Maybe that is why chazal said teichef lenetilas yadayim se'udah. Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 4:03
  • i thought that is why they say it is hard to have concentration anymore in things like shmoneh esrei and having kavana there. Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 5:10

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