Does one have to wash his hands before

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A Halachic /Torah related post on Mi yodeya. This is assuming he didn't remember if he touched a covered area without washing his hands.

This is the source that led me to my queston:

אלו דברים צריכים נטילה במים: הקם מהמיטה, והיוצא מבית הכסא ומבית המרחץ, והנוטל ציפורניו, והחולץ מנעליו, והנוגע ברגליו, והחופף ראשו. ויש אומרים אף ההולך בין המתים. ומי שנגע במת, ומי שמפליא כליו, והמשמש מיטתו, והנוגע בכינה, והנוגע בגופו בידו. ומי שעשה אחת מכל אלו ולא נטל, אם תלמיד חכם הוא – תלמודו משתכח, ואם אינו תלמיד חכם – יוצא מדעתו - These things require him to wash his hands...Someone who touches his body with his hands etc.

Mishna Brura:במים – אף דלתפילה, וכל שכן לתורה- Wash with water - for teffila and how much more so for Torah.

I know for sure that Saying the Torah with ones lips is forbidden in the same way one Davens Amida, but is reading just thinking which is permitted? Or is writing also considered thinking as typing is not permanent text?

Note: sources must be included, and remember, you are not reading Torah material out loud in any of the above options.

  • According to SA (OC §88) it would appear to be permitted to listen to or study Torah w/o washing the hands.
    – Oliver
    Oct 16, 2017 at 16:26
  • can you pls clarify your q?
    – Oliver
    Oct 16, 2017 at 17:28
  • when you type on the computer it disapears when you go on another website this is non permanent writing. whilst i have a feeling but don't know a source writing torah on paper might need washing hands, it could be writing impermanently is permitted
    – user15464
    Oct 16, 2017 at 18:00
  • I understand the implication of כתיבה ש(אינה) מתקיימת. I meant to question why writing wouldn't be permitted under OC §88. (I'm aware that some authorities prohibit e.g. Torah study when nails were cut and not yet washed, therefore I purposely phrased it as "According to SA...", IOW "מדינא".)
    – Oliver
    Oct 17, 2017 at 21:56
  • I'm not ignoring that סעיף (entirely). But bear in mind, if that סעיף is obsolete how is it reconciled with §88?
    – Oliver
    Oct 17, 2017 at 22:25


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