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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 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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Different Washing for Eating Bread and Going to the Bathroom

Why is there a different style of hand washing for after going to the bathroom (alternating between hands) and before eating bread (consecutively on each hand)?
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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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Does one need to see the area they ate if the after-blessing is said in a dark room?

If one is bentching in a dark room, do they still need to "see" the area that they ate (assuming that if the lights were turned on, the area is visible)? For example, if on Friday night the lights go ...
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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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Licking fingers for Mayim Acharonim?

Since saliva is one of the seven "liquids" (a subcategory of water, cf. Machshirin 6:5), would licking or sucking on one's own fingers fulfill the obligation of Mayim Acharonim?
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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), while the ...
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Why is a utensil required when washing one's hands after bathroom use?

I am under the impression that one is required to wash one's hands with a utensil (typically, the same type of cup used to wash before bread) after using the bathroom. Firstly, what is the source of ...
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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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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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Is Mayim Achronim required before Al Hamichya?

As the title asks: is it required or recommended before Al Hamichya (or for that matter, borei nefashos as well). And if yes or no, why or why not?
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Brachos on the amount of pizza one doesn't wash for?

Assuming one is eating let pizza than required to wash, what are the bracha rishona and the bracha achrona?
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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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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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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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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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Washing for bread at work: how to avoid interruptions

I occasionally bring a sandwich to eat for lunch at work. The company has a small kitchen where I go to wash my hands, and then I generally eat at my desk. Whenever I have bread, I always try to wait ...
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talking after washing

If one talked after washing does he have wash again and is it a hefseik? Where in halachah is it stated that one should preferably not talk after washing? I read that the only time you need to wash ...
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Can you use carbonated water for washing?

Inspired by this question but I believe different because its not related to drinking. Can you use carbonated, and even flavored clear water (seltzer) to do things that require water such as washing ...
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Using an electric hand dryer after netilas yadayim

Is there any issue with using an electric hand dryer to dry your hands after netilas yadayim either for a seudah or to remove ruach rah?
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Prosthetic limbs in halacha

What is the status of prosthetic limbs in halacha in terms of being considered part of the body? Is it considered: As if I were born with it? As a living piece of flesh, but not a piece of me? ...
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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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Waking up early to eat before a fast

I was just wondering about the halachos of waking up to eat before a fast day. If one had intention, is it best to wake up, wash negal vasser, get dressed, go to bathroom say Al Netilas Yadaim, Asher ...
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Why do the Leviim wash the hands of the Kohanim when they go up to bless the people?

When the Kohanim washed their hands and feet in the Beis HaMikdosh they did not have anyone to help. Why then do the Kohanim need others to wash their hands when they go up to bless the people? Why ...
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Why when washing for bread do we splash twice?

Is there any particular reason the procedure for washing hands for bread includes pouring the water twice on each hand? Isn't once enough?
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Why is moisture a chatzizah for netilas yadayim?

Why is moisture a chatzizah for netilas yadayim? I guess you can say that the hands must be completely clean, but then why don't you have to wipe your hands in middle? For example, one who washes his ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What if, when the Kohanim washing their hands, less than ten remain?

Before Birkas Kohanim, the Levi'im wash the Kohanim's hands. In many communities, this occurs during the chazzan's repitition of Shemoneh Esrei, and in a room outside the main shul. Normally, there ...
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Remove rings to wash?

Do I need to remove my wedding-band, which I wear every day, to wash for Hamotze or morning Negel vasser? What about other rings?
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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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Excess water after Netillath Yadayim

Is excess water after Netillath Yadayim usable for other purposes? For example, you wash for bread, and you leave water in the cup - can someone use that water, or do they need to empty and refill ...
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Al Netilas Yadayim in morning and after bathroom

Are you supposed to say the bracha al netilas yadayim after doing negel vasser after waking up or going to the bathroom?
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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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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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Does one need dry hands before washing?

I've always noticed people that make sure their hands are perfectly dry before washing (i.e. washing for eating bread). Why do people do so? Where does this apparent stringency come from?
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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 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 ...