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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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Is there any reason to not do netila with unattended water

Immediate logic says no, the reason for not drinking unattended water is because a snake might have got to it and it is now venomous, which would not be an issue for netila (or would it, any ...
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Most honoured person going last in netilat yadayim - possible reason?

There is a custom that I've seen in many homes whereby the most honourable person (e.g. the bal habayit, a cohen, a rav) actually goes last in the order of netilat yadayim. I've heard the reason given ...
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Segula for netilat yadayim apply when using other peoples' water?

"Rabbi Chisda said: I wash my hands with an abundance of water and I am granted an abundance of goodness" (Shabbat 62b). There's also a story from the Zohar with Rabbi Elazar Ben Shimon, ...
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Touching A Tanach Before Netilat Yadayim

Can one touch a Tanach, not Torah scroll, before doing netilat yadayim?
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Can Animals Be Affected By Ruach Ra’ah

Can a person’s animal be affected by Ruach ra’ah if one touches their pet’s mouth or the inside of their ear before doing morning netilat yadayim?
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Morning Netila without water

So this morning I didn’t have water available to use when I woke up for Netilat Yadayim? What should I have done? Also when I did get water available again, say past chatzos, should I have made netila ...
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If Animals Drank The Water Post-Netilat Yadayim

Can the tumah water from after netilat yadayim affect animals if they were to drink it?
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Water From Morning Netilat Yadayim

If the water from morning netilat yadayim dried on a particular area, and was then touched by an individual who washed their hands, would one then have to wash their hands again?
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Eating Food That Can’t Be Rinsed That Was Touched by One Who Didn’t Do Morning Netilat Yadayim [duplicate]

Can one eat food that was touched by one who didn’t do netilat yadayim if the food can’t be rinsed three times, or should one be machmir and not eat it?
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Permissibility of Torah Reading Before Netilat Yadayim

Is it permissible to read Torah or pray before morning netilat yadayim if one says “HaShem” or “Adonai” rather than vocalizing The Divine Name?
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Wearing gloves while dealing with food

Are gloves a barrier for tumah water and food if one didn’t do morning netilat yadayim?
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Consumption of Foods and Liquids Touched By One Who Didn’t Do Morning Netilat Yadayim

My first question is when did the opinion of ruach ra’ah no longer being present today begin? My second question is, are we allowed to consume the foods and drinks touched by one who didn’t do netilat ...
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Water from washing that ran onto sleeves- Is it tumah?

If after raising hands for netilat yadayim the water from the hands ran down onto sleeves, is that water on the sleeves then rendered tumah?
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Morning Netilat Yadayim - Rabbinic or Biblical?

Though there's a reference for morning netilat yadayim within the Zohar, is it a rabbinic decree, or a Torah based mitzwot for ALL Yisrael outside of the kohenim?
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60 breaths while sleeping

After sleeping, when one sleeps 60 breaths or more, they have to do netilat yadayim. Is 60 breaths a span of time, or a calculated amount of breaths one takes while sleeping?
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Are hands rendered tumah if water flowed down after second or third pour?

When performing morning netilat yadayim, are the hands rendered tumah if during the second or third pour the water is poured above the wrists?
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Touching the hands of a Jew who didn't wash netilat yadayim in the morning

When one has performed netilat yadayim in the morning, however after their hands are dry, touched or shook the hands of a Jew who hasn't washed their hands, but their hands are also dry, would they ...
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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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