Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Washing during a meal


Sorry for the lack of an email yesterday; I let the day get away from me.

We have talked about the need to wash before bread because of concern for what one’s hands might have touched before the meal. The same concern may apply during a meal – one might go to the bathroom, or even just have his hands wander and touch a part of the body which is normally covered.

In such a situation, one would, indeed, be required to wash again. There is some dispute over whether a berachah is required; please consult a competent rabbinic authority to determine your community’s practice.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 164:2; Mishneh Berurah 164:8, 12-13)

Have a great day,

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