HaShoneh Halachos emails include two halachos per day, seven days a week (emails for Shabbos and Yom Tov are sent in advance). Material is based upon the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, with occasional elucidation from the Mishnah Brurah abd other sources. The text is not a direct translation but a paraphrase into easy-to-read, conversational English.

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270. Using a Fork and a Spoon
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40:19 One does not need to wash his hands for preserved fruit since neither the sugar nor the fruit juice is considered a liquid in this regard. If the fruit is preserved in honey, and the honey is thoroughly congealed, it is also no longer a considered a liquid but a food, so hand-washing is […]
269. Washing for Wet Food
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40:17 If a person eats food dipped in a liquid, or if the liquid gets on the food and it is still wet, one must wash his hands without a blessing even if he doesn’t touch the wet part. (This is what we do at the Seder before eating the karpas dipped in salt water.) […]
268. Using the Restroom Before Washing
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40:15 If someone uses the bathroom before eating, which requires that he wash his hands and recite the bracha of “asher yatzar,” and he must also wash his hands for bread, there is some doubt as the the proper course of action. It is best in this case not to wash hands in the way […]
267. Human Effort
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40:13 Water for hand-washing must be poured over one’s hands by way of human effort, not by sticking them under flowing water. In the case of a faucet, the water that comes out from an initial burst of pressure is considered the result of human effort; subsequent water that flows out is not. In order […]
266. Obstructions on the Hands
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40:11 One must check his hands before washing in order to ensure that they are clean and free from anything that would obstruct the water. (An obstruction is called a “chatzitzah” in Hebrew.) If one has long fingernails, they must also be cleaned. (Mishnah Brurah 161:3 say that this only refers to dirt on the […]
265. Disqualifying the Water
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40:9 If someone who did not wash his hands touched water, the water does not become ritually impure. Therefore, after the using the bathroom, one may scoop water out of a barrel in order to wash his hands and the water remaining in the barrel may still be used for ritual hand-washing. However, if this […]
264. The Water Used for Washing
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40:7 If a person doesn’t have a vessel appropriate for washing, he may stick his hands in a river or in a mikvah that can be used by women for immersion. He can even stick them in a spring, even if it contains less than 40 seah of water (the minimum volume of kosher mikvah […]
263. Drying the Hands
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40:5 After one has washed both hands, he should rub them together and raise them to the level of his head as per Psalms 134:2, “Raise your hands…” Before drying the hands, one recites the blessing “al netilas yadayim,” that we are obligated in the mitzvah of washing the hands. Yes, one typically says a […]
262. The Cup Used for Washing
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40:3 Can a vessel that can only stand with support be used for washing hands? That depends. If it was designed to be used with support, then it is a fit vessel and can be used for washing. If it was made for another purpose, such as a pot lid, then it should not be […]
261. Washing for Bread
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40:1 One who wants to eat bread over which the blessing of HaMotzi is recited must first wash his hands. (He must wash both hands even if he plans to eat using only one – Mishnah Brurah 158:4.) If the bread is greater than the size of an egg (about 2.5 fl. oz.), he should […]