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Does Ruach Ra'ah transfer between people

If one washes netilays yadaim in the morning and thus eliminates their ruach ra'ah and then someone who has not yet washed their hands touches you do you have to wash again?
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What is Ruach Rah

Right in the beginning of Shulchan Aruch we see this idea of "Ruach Rah". In regards to washing ones hands and all that comes before that -- not walking more than 4 amos without washing one's hands, ...
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Why are we not concerned about zugos with lechem mishneh?

There is a gemara (Pesachim 110) describing the concern for ruach ra with eating even numbers of foods, in particular: 109b - Question: Why did Chachamim enact to drink four cups? This is ...
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Why eggs, onions, and garlic?

The Gemara in Niddah (17a) writes: אמר ר"ש בן יוחי ה' דברים הן שהעושה אותן מתחייב בנפשו ודמו בראשו האוכל שום קלוף ובצל קלוף וביצה קלופה והשותה משקין מזוגין שעבר עליהן הלילה והלן בבית הקברות......
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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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Eating food that was touched by someone who didn't do naagel Vassar?

Let's say one lives with a Jew who doesn't bother to wash their hands (naagel wasser) in the morning and then this person touches a certain food. Can this food be eaten by someone else or does it ...
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Ruach Raah by Mayim Achronim

If one looks at the sources for Mayim achronim (Chullin 106,and SA 181) one will note that ruach raah is only mentioned in context with regards to pouring the water on the earth,but never discusses ...
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Walking over Ruah Ra'a: why not?

Some Posekim write (Yalkut Yosef Hilchot Mayim Aharonim and Mishna Berura 181, 4 and IIRC the Magen Avraham) that Mayim Aharonim has Ruah Ra'a and that once someone used the water for Mayim Aharonim ...
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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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What is the Jewish belief regarding evil spirits? [duplicate]

What do Jews believe about ghosts and evil spirits? It seem to me that the Bible gives clear definition about the fact that they are real. What do Jews believe about this?
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Leaving drink out over night

For those who hold that leaving water out uncovered is an issue (Cf. The Gr"a), the same stringency applies to any water-based beverage - like tea, coffee, sugary drinks etc. However, the halacha ...
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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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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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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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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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Medicine Under the Bed

Although the Shulchan Aruch YD (116:5) writes ולא יתן תבשיל ולא משקים תחת המטה מפני שרוח רעה שורה עליהם - don't put cooked food or drinks under the bed due to ruach ra'ah does that issue ...
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Is food which a child slept over forbidden

The Halacha prohibits sleeping over food due to ruah rah. Some poskim rule this doesn’t apply if a gentile sleeps over it. My question is, does this also apply if the person who sleeps over it is a ...
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Mixed Raw Egg Left in Fridge

Seeing that leaving raw eggs overnight is a problem according as "the overwhelming majority of Poskim hold that the Gemara continues to be relevant nowadays" (Nidda 17a - ה' דברים הן שהעושה אותן ...
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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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Details on "food products under bed"

If food products were found under a bed, after someone slept (took a nap) on it, is there a way to render that food edible? 1) Is it possible to rinse it 3 times, like for food touched before morning ...
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