Sunday, October 5, 2008

Washing on Yom Kippur


Among the practices of Yom Kippur is a strict prohibition against pleasurable washing.

Therefore, upon rising in the morning one limits the ritual washing with a cup of water, pouring it over each hand the normal three times (Right-Left-Right-Left-Right-Left), but only up to the base of the fingers – one should not wash the whole hand.

Other than that, one may only wash to remove specific dirt or other unhealthy material.

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 613:1-3)

Have a great day,

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