Monday, September 14, 2009

Three times on each hand?


Hand-washing for bread should really only require two pourings on each hand - one which purifies the hand but leaves behind impure water, and the second to purify the water itself.

We have noted, though, that one is supposed to make sure his hands are clean before washing. Therefore, some people pour water three times, using the first pour to remove any dirt.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 162:2; Mishneh Berurah 162:19-20)

Have a great day,

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