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Ritual hand washing. Required before or after certain actions, e.g before eating bread, after waking up, etc.

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Why would the Rebbe Rashab lift his hands for al netilas yadayim?

The minhag Chabad by netilas yadayim in the morning is to raise the hands until the peyos for the brocho al netilas yadayim. The source for the minhag is in Likutei Diburim of the previous Lubavitcher ...
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Touching a door knob before washing after waking up

Should I be concerned about touching my door knob to go into another room to wash upon awakening? My guess is that it is aluminum which is generally said not to contract tumah but I am kind of ...
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Can you use water you drank from for negel vasar

What do the sources say about this case: someone drank from a water bottle - could they use the water remaining in the bottle for "negel wasser"? And does it make a difference if when you ...
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May one answer Amen before washing their hands?

If one woke up and heard a Bracha, and has yet to wash their hands, may one answer amen to the bracha?
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Possuk when washing for bread?

There is a hassidish minhag to say a possuk--between washing the hands and before the brachach--when washing hands for bread. For the life of me I cannot remember which possuk it is, but I remember it ...
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Can noahide do netilat yadayim?

I wanted to ask about the halacha of noahide based on tradition of orthodox, that according to some sources, a noahide was refrain from some blessing which required "asher kidshanu" which ...
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May one say G-d's name before washing netilat yadayim?

May one say the word "G-d" or "Hashem" before washing his hands in the morning? For example, to say daily affirmations before getting out of bed.
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Penalty for not washing hands?

(I originally asked this in Christianity.SE, but was redirected since the question deals with Jewish laws. Please forgive my obvious ignorances of Jewish society.) In the Christian Bible, Matthew 15:...
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Washing for Urchatz when you eat your Karpas with a fork

Based on the Gemara in Pesachim 115a-b (as explained by the primary Meforshim there) the reason we wash before Karpas is so that our hands don't make the water on the vegetables Tamei when we touch ...
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Why doesn't the water from netilas yadayim immediately make your hands impure again? [duplicate]

I believe it's a mishna in Yadayim that says the first pour for netilas yadayim purifies the hand and the second pour purifies the water that's left on the hand. Hands are considered shniyim letumah ...
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Retrieving fallen produce while washing your hands in a stream

In Machshirin 4:7, we learn: ‮פֵּרוֹת שֶׁנָּפְלוּ לְתוֹךְ אַמַּת הַמַּיִם, פָּשַׁט מִי שֶׁהָיוּ יָדָיו טְמֵאוֹת וּנְטָלָן, יָדָיו טְהוֹרוֹת וְהַפֵּרוֹת טְהוֹרִים. וְאִם חָשַׁב שֶׁיּוּדְחוּ יָדָיו, ...
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Why doesn't "first waters" in hand washing make the hand tamei?

In Mishnah Yadayim 2:3, we learn that the "first waters" (the first of two splashes of water) poured on the hands while doing ritual hand-washing is tamei (if less than a certain amount), ...
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Why do washing cups have two handles?

My question is closely related to this one. However, that question has an unsourced assumption. So, I'm asking my question, here, hoping that I can get a clearer answer. Most washing cups (for ...
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What part of the arm is considered "below the wrist"

What part of the arm is considered "below the wrist" in regards to Netilat Yadayim and is off limits to touch in order to avoid impure water?
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Multiple Leviyim Washing the Kohanim's hands

The minhag I've seen is that a levi washes the hands of the kohen before he recites the birchas kohanim. I have often seen numerous Levittes teaming up to wash a kohen together - each of them grasps ...
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Does one wash his hands upon waking up from cryostasis?

Assuming that cryonics is permissible: NASA is reportedly looking into cryostasis technology in preparation for a Mars mission. As I understand the theoretical technology, any astronauts who would ...
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Neki'at yada'im

The Kitzur shulchan aruch 2:6 says that one says " Al Nekiyat Yadayim" when there is no water available. What are the opinion of sefardic poskim? Is it the same?
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Netilat Yadayim - Ritual hand washing in the morning

A question about netilat yadayim (ritual hand washing) upon waking up in the morning. Where does the custom with the bowl and cup by one's bed come from? In modern homes with clear running water, is ...
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At what point should one recite Bracha asher yatzar

Having washed one's hands after excusing oneself, Does one say the bracha asher yatzar after drying our hands or before? Some guy taught that we're to say the bracha before drying the hands. I ...
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Is contamination the reason for the morning rinsing of the hands? [duplicate]

Does halacha require Jews to rinse their hands when they wake up because of some "contamination" that happened while they were asleep? If so what exactly was that contamination?
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What partition is needed to wash your hands in a bathroom for bread or davening?

I heard rumours that after walking into a bathroom, nowadays, you're required to wash you're hands three times (as in, I've seen some Rabbi do this: after just walking into a bathroom to get something,...
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What is the source of rubbing hands together after washing before a meal and is it practiced today?

When discussing the mitzvah of washing hands before a meal Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch in Horeb says: [paragraph 464] Rub the hands one upon the other after you have poured water over both of them ......
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O shaped Uvtuvo Washing Cup

Is the O shaped Uvtuvo Washing Cup kosher for Netilat Yadayim according to all opinions? If not, what are the sources and issues so one can make an informed decision? Thanks! Uvtuvo cup
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Showering in the morning

If a person showers right when they wake up, does it remove the impurity from their hands since a shower acts as a mikvah? Or do they still have to do washing from a vessel?
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OCD and Netilat Yadayim

If a person has OCD and tends to ritually wash their hands a thousand times because they feel they didn't do it right and they accidentally touch something wet in the sink after or have the worry they ...
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Does other food combine to a c'beitza for the bracha of netilas yadayim?

It's a well known halacha that if one intends to eat less than a k'zais of bread then one doesn't make a bracha on al netilas yadayim. This comes up sometimes on Pesach when there's not enough Matzah ...
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Source for using a cloth between the hand and negel vasser cup when washing?

I used to use a cloth between the hand and negel vasser cup when washing because I saw others (chassidim) doing it in Monsey, but I stopped because I've never seen a reason for it in halacha. I'll ...
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Must a kiddush cup be both clean and dry?

The kiddush cup needs washing inside and out (O Ch 183:1). The hands need to be washed before eating bread. One may not eat bread with wet hands – it is like eating impure bread according to the ...
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Washing ones hands prior to Torah on this website

Does one have to wash his hands before reading Writing a Question Answering A Halachic /Torah related post on Mi yodeya. This is assuming he didn't remember if he touched a covered area without ...
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Waiting for the host to recite Hamotzi to have me in mind

When washing for bread and waiting for the host to recite Hamotzi to have me in mind, after how long would my washing and hearing the brocha become a hefsek?
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Washing hand on bread after praying (With a brocho?)

If I just prayed (I washed hands before prayer) Shachrit (same question by minha) should I make a blessing when washing my hands for bread (if I am eating in the same place I prayed)? or are we ...
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Do kashrut rules apply to a Washing laver?

Are there any halachot that apply the rules of kashrut to the cup I use to wash my hands before I eat? This answer says that one can use "any cup". This site says that a cup can be drunk from and the ...
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Water as a chatzitzah

I learned that Birkei Yosef holds that non-mikvah water may be considered a chatzitzah. That is why we make sure our hands are completely dry before we wash them ritually. It may be why some are ...
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Why make/buy a washing cup with only one handle?

The purpose of a washing cup is to purify the hands. There are two handles on most washing cups. This allows us to avoid transmitting impurity from the unwashed hand to the washed hand by way of the ...
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What are the requirements for the vessel used to wash the hands of the kohanim before birkas kohanim?

The hands of the kohanim are washed before birkas kohanim. Mishnah Berurah 128:21 (כא) עד הפרק - ככהן המקדש ידיו לעבודה [רמב"ם]. וע"כ כתבו האחרונים דאפשר דבעינן דוקא נטילה מכלי וכח גברא ושלא ...
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Whats the point of על נקיות?

Kitzur 2:6 address how one should be scrupulous in netilyat yadayim. He concludes with a scenario where one has no water. It's advised to say 'AL nikiyut yadayim' and then when water is found wash but ...
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Why is washing one's hands called "netilas yadayim"?

The brachah made on washing one's hands is "al netilas yadayim." Why do we call it "taking the hands" instead of "washing the hands" (rechitzas yadayim)? Notice that at the Seder we call the washing "...
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Why not remove shoes before washing hands for the priestly blessing?

As far as I've seen, Kohanim who are about to bless the congregation first untie their shoes (if necessary), then have their hands washed, then remove their shoes, and finally recite the blessing. As ...
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Which authorities do not require a vessel (keli) for washing before praying?

Rav Aryeh Lebovitz in his shiur at around 6'58'' quotes authorities that do not require washing with a vessel (keli) for washing before praying. (I do not have the sefer he quotes. ) Who are these ...
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What is the origin of washing hands in the morning?

According to the Tur (OC 4:1), the reason that we wash our hands in the morning is because of the "evil spirit" (רוח רעה) that had settled on them during the night. Is this custom referenced prior to ...
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Washing Hands with Soap after Netilat Yadayim

Is a person allowed to wash his hands with soap after netilat yadayim for bread before making the Hamotzi blessing on bread? Or perhaps it is some kind of hefsek (interruption) between the two like ...
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Forgetting to wash before eating bread

What should one do if they've just started making the berakha on bread and suddenly realised that they'd forgotten to wash? Should they continue making the berakha, and eat the bread without washing; ...
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How to position your hands during Netilas Yadayim

I heard that the Mishna Brurah says that when you wash Netilas Yadayim, you should hold you hands palm up, but when I do this, the other side of my hand doesn't get wet. So how do you position your ...
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Negel vasser after touching shoes

A person must perform a ritual hand-washing after the completion of certain activities, including upon arising in the morning; before eating bread; after shaving, haircutting, clipping one’s nails,...
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Washing before bracha on new clothes

According to my siddur (p. 231 of The Complete Artscroll Siddur), one makes a shehechyanu upon buying new clothes, and a malbish arumim upon putting them on once acquired. (I have heard from other ...
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What exactly is "the salt of sodom"?

One is obligated to wash one's hands after a meal due to danger of "sodom salt" which is said to cause blindness. R. Judah the son of R. Hiyya said: Why did [the Rabbis] say that it was a ...
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Netilat yadayim in the presence of rotting food, splash back and berakha

Regarding morning teliah: Can one do morning (or any really) netilah in the presence of a bad smell and/or physical presence of rotting food (not the berakha)? If some drops of water splashes back ...
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If hands are in water through the night must they be washed in the morning?

If one sleeps through the night with hands in water must one wash hands for netilat yadayim in the morning?
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Washing your feet when you wake up?

So I've heard that we Jews (when waking up) used to first wash their feet and then their hands. But what happen today, don't we wash our feet anymore? Or is that an optional thing? Do some still do it ...
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Changed mind about eating after making netilat yadayim:

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. ...
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