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talking after washing

The Talmud (Berakhot 42a) states that there are three things done immediately. One of them is: תכף לנטילת ידים ברכה Immediately [after] washing one's hand, blessing. The Tur (OH 166) writes ...
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Source for using a cloth between the hand and negel vasser cup when washing?

Rabbi Kaganoff discusses the subject in This Is the Way We Wash Our Hands and during that posting gives several reasons that would lead one to use a cloth when holding the cup. Rabbi Kaganoff ...
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Why do washing cups have two handles?

It's so one hand doesn't touch the other when passing between them. If an unwashed hand touches a washed hand while wet, the washed hand needs to start over (Shulchan Arukh OC 162:4; there are ...
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Why didn't ben-Qattin redesign the Kiyor to have more than 12 spigots?

The Tosfos Yom Tov on this Mishnah, asks a different question, which might be able to shed light on yours. He asks that if there are 12 spigots, you need 12 Amos circumference, so that 12 people can ...
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What is the source of rubbing hands together after washing before a meal and is it practiced today?

The earliest recorded source for this practice appears to be Tosefta: Yadayim 1:2: הנוטל את ידיו צריך לשפשף את ידיו [After] washing one's hands, one must rub one's hands.1 It's then cited, moree or ...
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Why is washing one's hands called "netilas yadayim"?

The reason being that it is done with a vessel called a natla, antal, or antil, cited in the other answer, is stated by numerous early Rishonim, including Raavya (Teshuvot Uveiurei Sugyot 1109) ...
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OCD and Netilat Yadayim

Anyone discussing OCD and halacha needs to find a qualified, competent rabbi in-person, as well as a mental-health professional. Reviewing the laws of what actually poses a halachic problem for ...
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Touching the hands of a Jew who didn't wash netilat yadayim in the morning

In addition to the כף החיים, the שו"ת לב חיים (ח"א סימן ס"ה) and the בו איש חי (תולדות י"ב) also say that if one touches someone's hands that didn't wash his hands, one should wash ...
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Using an electric hand dryer after netilas yadayim

The Rivevos Ephraim 2:68:4 writes that it once happened that he went to wash his hands for bread and there was nothing to dry his hands with but there was an electric hand dryer. He wondered if an ...
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Are women obligated to say the morning blessings?

A responsum of the Geonim (Sha'arei Teshuva 345) says they are obligated to say the morning blessings. The Arukh haShulchan rules this way as well (OC 70:1), as does R Pesach Eliyahu Falk (Machaze ...
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Which authorities do not require a vessel (keli) for washing before praying?

See Shulchan Aruch OC 4, 7: טוב להקפיד בנטילת ידיים שחרית בכל הדברים המעכבים בנטילת ידיים לסעודה. הגה: מיהו אינו מעכב, לא כלי ( מגן אברהם: פירוש, בדיעבד היכא דאי אפשר בעניין אחר; אבל היכא דאפשר, ...
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What is the origin of washing hands in the morning?

The Gemara Shabbos (108b / 109a, I think it depends on your print) says that one should not touch certain areas of your body (with the hands) in the morning when you wake up (like the mouth) unless ...
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Why not remove shoes before washing hands for the priestly blessing?

Actually Mishna Berura 128:15 suggests that the shoes should be removed prior to Netilas Yadayim. It says he may remove it after the Netila also.
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At what point should one recite Bracha asher yatzar

The Shulchan Aruch 4,18 says one must wash ones hand after going to the toilet, the Mishna Brura seif 40 explains that even if one merely enters the toilet he must wash his hands because of the רוח ...
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Netilat Yadayim - Ritual hand washing in the morning

The Machatzitz Hashekel Orach Chaim 4,1:3 quotes the Bach from Tolaas Yaakov in the name of the Zohar that one shouldn't walk 4 cubits after waking up in the morning without washing ones hands Netilas ...
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May one say G-d's name before washing netilat yadayim?

Mishnah Berurah 1:8 writes that one may recite the "Modeh Ani" prayer before washing one's hands in the morning because it does not contain any of G-d's Names, nor any kinui (idiomatic ...
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Touching the water in the washing cup before Netilat Yadayim

See here (from page 109) for a halachic discussion about this issue in a Chabad booklet. I'll only state here the final summarizing paragraph: If one has touched the water deliberately (let's say, to ...
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Negel vasser on a plane

הרב רצון ערוסי paskens that א. מותר ליטול בבית הכסא רק את הברכה יברך מחוץ לבית הכסא. יהיה בית הכסא אשר יהיה. ב. בית הכסא (מודרני) של ימינו (אסלה ומי ניקוז וכיסוי לאסלה), מותר לברך מחוצה לו, ואפילו ...
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Waking up early to eat before a fast

One who wakes up in the middle of the night (after sleeping at least 30 minutes) and intends to go back to sleep but wants to drink or eat (and had the intention to do so before going to sleep in the ...
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Can you use carbonated water for washing?

With regards to netilas yadayim: The Aruch Hashulchan 160:17 brings a machlokes if one can use something else besides water. The Raavad and Rosh hold only water can be used and Rashi and the Rashba ...
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Why not remove shoes before washing hands for the priestly blessing?

As a kohain who does this myself, I can explain why we do it this way. There are three reasons that I know of. These are reasons I have personally found in common all over the USA and Israel. (There ...
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Retrieving fallen produce while washing your hands in a stream

(h/t to DoubleAA for linking this answer) The mishna in Ḥagiga 2:6 says: ‮6 הַטּוֹבֵל לְחֻלִּין וְהֻחְזַק לְחֻלִּין, אָסוּר לְמַעֲשֵׂר. טָבַל לְמַעֲשֵׂר וְהֻחְזַק לְמַעֲשֵׂר, אָסוּר לִתְרוּמָה. טָבַל ...
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May one answer Amen before washing their hands?

From Halachapedia https://halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Netilat_Yadayim_upon_Waking_Up It is not permissible to learn or even think Torah before washing one's hands. However, if one is going to ...
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Touching the hands of a Jew who didn't wash netilat yadayim in the morning

Caf Hachayim OC 2.4 SQ 17 (יז) מי שנטל ידיו, ואחר כך נגע בידיו של אחר שלא נטל ידיו, צריך לחזור וליטול פעם ב'. רוח חיים שם אות ו', וכן כתב בן איש חי שם אות י"ב בשם לב חיים סימן ס"ה. ‏ One ...
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Is there any reason to not do netila with unattended water

Beit Yosef OC 160: כתב הרמב"ם ז"ל אם נתגלו גילוי האוסר אותם וכו' בפ"ז מהל' ברכות ונראה שטעמו מדאמרינן בפ"ב דע"ז (ל.) דמים שנתגלו לא ירחץ בהם פניו ידיו ורגליו ולפ"ז יפה ...
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Netilat Yadaim Source

Hand washing is a rabbinic command, but the Sages did find a hint אסמכתא to it in Leviticus 15:11. See Chullin 106a: רבא אמר מצוה לשמוע דברי ר"א בן ערך דכתיב וכל אשר יגע בו הזב וידיו לא שטף במים ...
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Netila after cutting someone else's nails?

The Kaf Hachaim 4:92 says it is not required; אמנם הנוטל צפרני אחרים א"צ ליטול דהא הנוטל צפרניו על ידי אחרים הוא צריך ליטול משום רו"ר השורה על הידים כמ"ש לעיל אות ס"א אבל הנוטל ...
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Can I drink water in middle of the night without washing my hands?

Although that is obviously the best idea, there are many poskim who say that one can either think the bracha in their head, or wipe their hands on “something that cleans” (something rough). The Kaf ...
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Why is a utensil required when washing one's hands after bathroom use?

It is not at all clear one needs to use a utensil to wash hands after using a bathroom. In a review of sources, R Ari Zivotofsky writes (here) Misconception: Upon exiting a bathroom, one should ...
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