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515. Mayim Rishonim vs. Mayim Achronim
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Brachos 6:15 Let’s say that a question arises concerning the water that one used to wash his hands  – was it used for other work, did it contain the requisite volume, was it ritually clean, etc. – or a doubt arises as to whether one washed his hands at all. In any these cases, one’s […]
514. Pouring the Water
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Brachos 6:13 Any person may pour water over one’s hands, even one who was born deaf and does not speak, one who lacks mental competence, and a minor, who are generally exempt from religious responsibilities. If no one else is around, one may: hold the vessel between his knees and pour the water over his […]
513. Vessels Unfit for Washing
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Brachos 6:11 One may not wash his hands using the sides of vessels, the base of an urn, pieces of earthenware, or the lid of a jug, though one may modify the lid to make it fit for washing. The same is true of a wine skin that was modified for hand-washing. On the other […]
512. Water Unfit for Animals
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Brachos 6:9 Any water that is unfit for a dog to drink, be it because it’s bitter, salty, murky, or malodorous, may not be used for washing hands from a vessel but one may immerse his hands in it if such water is in the ground. One may immerse his hands in the Tiberias hot […]
511. Water That Was Worked With
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Brachos 6:7 Four things render water unacceptable for hand-washing: changing color, being left open, being used for work, and being spoiled to the point where an animal wouldn’t drink it. Changing color includes water that changed color from being stored in the ground or in a vessel, or because of something that fell into it, […]
Introduction to Prayers
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Prayer brings us closer to God.  When we ask for things from God, even though God already knows what we want and need, we get merit (zechut) for the prayer. Particularly in synagogue, a holy place, we must be always cognizant of God’s presence and take special care to show respect to God in His […]
510. Four Requirements for Hand Washing
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Brachos 6:5 If a person has to wash his hands and he immerses them in a mikvah, that is sufficient. If he immerses them in a body of water that does not have the volume of a mikvah, or in water that was poured on the ground, he has accomplished nothing. Poured water is only […]
509. Sodom Salt
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Brachos 6:3 Washing hands between courses is optional: one may do so – or not – as he desires. There is no need to wash before or after eating unconsecrated fruit. Quite the opposite, doing so is seen as a sign of arrogance. When bread is eaten with salt, one must wash his hands after […]