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Ritual hand washing. Required before or after certain actions, e.g before eating bread, after waking up, etc.

Ritual hand washing. Required before or after certain actions, e.g before eating bread, after waking up, etc.

Some other times that hands are washed (copied with permission from Wikipedia) are:

  • after visiting the bathroom, the ritual washing of one's hands as a symbol of both bodily cleanliness and of removing human impurity
  • after cutting one's hair or nails
  • after participating in a funeral procession, upon leaving a cemetery, or coming within four cubits of a corpse
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