Sunday, September 13, 2009

Raise your hands


We have learned that there are two halachic reasons for washing before bread - one is removal of impurity, the other is cleanliness.

The issue of impurity poses a special challenge: We can purify our hands by washing them, but that purification ends at the wrist. Water that travels past the wrist becomes impure. Therefore, one should be careful to hold his hands in such a way that water that travels above the wrist does not return below it.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 162:1)

Have a great day,

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