Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Immersing hands for netilat yadayim


We have discussed washing one’s hands before bread by pouring water on them. One may also immerse his hands.

This immersion need not be in a kosher mikvah. One may also immerse his hands in a ditch or pool containing 40 se’ah (estimates vary, from 120 gallons and up), if water arrived there via a flow of water along the ground. Even if the water is not kosher as ‘mikvah water,’ and it actually came from a receptacle, one may immerse his hands so long as the water ran at least 3 tefach (about 11 inches) along the ground before arriving in its resting place.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 159:7; Mishneh Berurah 159:40-42)

Have a great day,

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