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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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What is the significance of a vessel when washing hands?

What is the significance of the vessel when washing hands ritualistically (i.e. when waking up and before eating bread)? Why isn't washing hands in a sink under running water with soap sufficient?
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Why didn't ben-Qattin redesign the Kiyor to have more than 12 spigots?

In Yoma 37a and Zebhahim 20a we learn that: בן קטין עשה שנים עשר דד לכיור אף הוא עשה מוכני לכיור שלא יהיו מימיו נפסלין בלינה Ben-Qattin made twelve spouts for the laver; he also made wheels [pulleys] ...
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What are klipos that rest on your body when you're asleep?

BH I heard that there are klipos that rest on your body when you're asleep, and when you wake up they jump to the nails on your hands, and that’s why you need to wash your hands in the mornings. Are ...
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Netilat Yadayim with public water fountain

If there is a publicly owned water source that everyone uses (like a public fountain of water), is there an issue with using it for Netilat Yadayim? In this case the liquid is clean. Would it be an ...
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Netilas Yadayim with Water I touched

I thought one may not wash Netilat Yadayim (for bread) with water that was touched (e.g. I accidently stuck my finger in the cup before washing). In fact, it may be used according to halacha. This ...
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Does sign language count as a Hefsek between Netilas Yadayim and Hamotzei?

May one communicate via sign language (like ASL) with others (whether or not one is deaf-mute) after washing one's hands before Hamotzei, or would this constitute a Hefsek?
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Washing a newborn's hands in the morning - identifying sources

I am currently looking at the concept of Negel Vasser - washing hands in the morning, and how it pertains to chinuch. There is an apparent machlokes amongst the poskim with there being those who say: ...
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How to wash for bread when there's water but no kli? [duplicate]

I've heard that if one has no Keli for netilat yadayim before eating bread, one can just be careful to not touch the bread, for example to use a napkin. Though is it acceptable to simply wash ones ...
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Segulah to Heal Jaundice Baby for Bris

This site quotes the Steipler saying that it is a segulah to wash a baby's hands (like "negel vasser" when a person wakes up) if it has jaundice that may delay the bris milah. Is this ...
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Can I drink water in middle of the night without washing my hands?

If we are unable to say Hashem’s name with impure hands (in this case caused by sleeping) and I wake up in the middle of the night extremely thirsty, would I need to get out of bed and wash netilas ...
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Netilat yadayim with liquid that an animal wouldn't drink

The Shulchan Aruch writes (Orach Hayim, 160: 8) that the waters of Tveryah cannot be used for netilat yadayim because they are "bitter and not fitting for a dog to drink" (and presumably a ...
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Washing before prayer (specifically Shema

I know the morning requires 3 times, but during other times of the day, is it required to wash 3 times before prayer (mainly wondering about the Shema), or is only 1 time ok?
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Netila after cutting someone else's nails?

There is a halacha that we must wash netila after cutting our nails, due to ruach ra (negative spirit). See Pesachim 112a, SA OC 4:18. What if one cuts someone else's nails, e.g. an elderly person, or ...
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Netilat Yadaim Source

Where in tanach is the mitzvah of Netilat Yadaim shown / present? I am essentially asking for the source of the mitzvah.
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Does food become nonkosher when it is touched by someone who didn't do negal vassar?

I've heard that there is a concept of ruach ra on one's hands before doing negal vassar and that a person shouldn't touch food. What if they did though? Can they and other people eat it?
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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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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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Seudah Ha'mafsekes: Must one wash?

When I was a child, my parents always ate a Seudah Hamafsekes ("separating meal") before Tisha B'Av. This meal consisted of bread, a hard-boiled egg dipped in ashes, and water. A friend of ...
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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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