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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - Negel Vasser
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: If a food was touched prior to washing negel vasser (by mistake) are we allowed to eat it afterwards?


The Mishna Berura states that Halacha permits it, but one should be very careful to avoid this situation. Other Seforim suggest the food should be discarded, primarily for reasons based upon Kabbalah.

posted:2012-07-05 12:23:23  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Asher Yotsar, Al Netilas Yadayim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: If waking up during the night for pressing bathroom call what are the Halochos as far as doing "Negel vasser" if at all as one does intend, hopefully, to go back to sleep. In other words, does one say Al Netilas Yadayim before the bathroom call even if difficult to hold back or not? Does one just say Asher Yotsar at the end and go back to sleep without Al Netilas Yadayim? In other words does the intent to go back to sleep nulify the nedd for "Negel Vasser"? Also when eventually finally getting up in the morning with an urgent bathroom call, what order does one say these two Brochos? Doe sone do "Negel Vasser" with Al Netilas Yadayim regardless of the bathroom call urgency or is there another order of priority. Thank you
Answer: Before Alos HaShachar it is not necessary to wash at all. Any time you intend to go back to sleep, you should not say a Beracha on washing.
posted:2012-04-29 02:06:07  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - what do we mean by "bathroom"?
Submitted by renee  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: We have read many of your articles concerning the need to make netilat yadayim after being in a bathroom. Living outside of the USA, we have a bath room, a room with a closet, a shower/bath and a sink. The toilet is in a separate room. Is this the kind of room your articles refer to when the word "bathroom" is written? If not, does going into the kind of bathroom that we (and most Israeli houses) have also leave you with a Ruah Ra'a? Thank you so much for your help! Tizku l'mitzvas! Renee
Answer: The "bathroom" that requires washing is the room containing the toilet.
posted:2011-06-17 11:20:24  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - negel vasser
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: we know there's a halacha that you must wash negel vasser after cutting your nails. Does this halacha apply if you bite your nails, too?
Answer: According to most opinions one must also wash after biting the nails, however one who is lenient does have sources to rely on.
posted:2009-08-30 14:54:18  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Hand washing
Submitted by Ryan  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I do not understand exactrly the laws on hand washing. I understand that one needs to wash when one wakes up in the morning, but also when one touches ones shoes, nose, ears, if one walks into a bathroom etc, etc. If no water is avaiable then what should one do? Are there different levels of importance for different types of washing? What should one wash for and what can one simply wipe ones hands clean?
Answer: When waking in the morning one must wash with water 3 times on each hand alternating hands because or ruach ra. For all the other things you mention it is preferable to wash with water for cleanliness in any manner, but if water is not convenient wiping the hands will suffice.
posted:2009-06-09 22:43:29  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - amein
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Can one answer Amen to another person's Bracha of Al Netilas Yadayim after he has washed?

If one has already said the beracha of al netilas yadayim on his own washing he may answer amein to someone else's al netilas yadayim. It is not considered an interruption between washing and hamotzi, because it is relevant to the washing. However if you washed but did not say the beracha yet many hold that you may not answer and that no delay at all is permitted between fulfilling a mitzva and saying the beracha on the mitzva.

posted:2009-02-21 20:37:00  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - holy cup
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: does a small whole in a washing cup make it treif,and how big does a washing cup have to be can i use any cup

A relatively small hole on a washing cup will render it invalid. The minimum size is large enough to allow water to enter the cup from outside, which is slightly bigger than the size of a hole that would cause water to drip out from inside the cup.

The minimum size for a washing cup to be acceptable is one revi'is, which is equivalent to 86cc or 3 oz. Larger than this is certainly preferable.

Nat all cups are valid, there are many details in these halachos which are outside the scope of this forum.

posted:2009-02-08 01:00:53  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Davar She'Tibulo Ba'mashkeh
Submitted by Gabi L  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hello, If i wash for a vegetable, since the vegetable is wet or because i am going to dip it into one of the 7 liquids, is there any issue of hefsek between the netilah and the eating? Thanks!

While it would seem that there is no problem to talk since we do not say a beracha on wet vegetables, it is not that simple. There are some Poskim who say that the Gemora's rule of making a beracha immediately after washing would apply in this case to the beracha of borei pri ha'adama which should be said without any interruption after the washing. One should try to be careful for this opinion.

posted:2009-02-01 17:32:10  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Order of Netilas Yadaim Upon Waking
Submitted by Rachel  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: What is the correct order of saying Modeh Ani, washing negel vasser in the morning, if one needs to use the restroom? I've learned that upon rising, one should 1. say the first sentence of Modeh Ani (without Hashem's name). 2. Wash hands 6x without a bracha (to remove tumah) 3. use restroom 4. wash hands w/ bracha 5. say Reishis Chachma is this correct? Can you please review the seder of morning halachos pertaining to this? Thank you!

Upon rising one should say Modeh Ani, wash 6 or 8 times w/o a beracha and use the restroom, as you mentioned. After the restroom one washes again 6 times with a beracha if you intend to daven Shacharis immediately, but otherwise it is sufficient to rinse the hands now and wash them again with a beracha later when you are ready to daven. Reishis Chochma is not usually recited by adults, but follow your own minhag.

posted:2009-01-27 23:11:14  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - wet fruit
Submitted by A.R.  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: There are Poskim, The S"A, Rema and M.B. and I'm assuming more, that say that one should in fact be machmir about washing before eating something that is in contact with a liquid, albeit without a Bracha. Once in my entire life have I ever seen someone do this. Why are we not makpid today on this Halacha?

You are correct. The overwhelming consensus of the Poskim is that one must wash for wet foods. However since there are a number of Rishonim who write that this washing only applied when people were careful to keep themselves tahor, we do not say a beracha and consider this a safek berachos l'hakel, even though one should certainly follow the majority opinion to wash. The Vilna Gaon even held that a beracha should be recited.

While it is not fair to say that no one ever washes, because this is the source of Urchatz at the Pesach Seder, it certainly is not nearly as common as it should be. Some explanations given are that if one eats a wet food with a utensil and does not touch it with his fingers, and it is normal to eat this food in that manner, it is not necessary to wash. As a side point, this is one problem with the minhag of some to use boiled potato for Karpas. Additionally, if the food is smaller than a kezayis there are opinions that one need not wash. Mishna Berura is lenient on this in the first edition, but in a later print he added in the margin that he changed his mind and writes that one should wash.

posted:2009-01-26 23:12:41  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Mayim Acharonim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: How important is Mayim Acharonim? Also, I noticed that some have the minhag to wipe their mouths with the water while others claim that its incorrect to do so...

Shulchan Aruch writes that mayim achronim is an "obligation" and some Seforim say it is dangerous to be lax in washing. The reasons given for mayim achronim are that one may have residual "salt of Sodom" on his fingers that could end up in his eyes and cause blindness, to have clean hands for benching, and Kabbala. The first two reasons do not apply today to one who eats with a fork, and therefore many are lenient, although if ones hands are soiled it is definitely an obligation.

Regarding washing the mouth; on the one hand one should also clean his face from any residue of food before benching, but the water from mayim achronim has a ruach ra on it which can be dangerous. Therefore, the Ben Ish Chai writes that one should not wipe his lips with fingers wet from mayim achronim, but Rashi implies that it is permitted and the Kesav Sofer explains that the ruach ra only enters the water when it drips into a receptacle and not while it is on the finger, which also explains why we do not necessarily dry our hands.

posted:2009-01-25 13:42:50  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - hand washing
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: If we touch my baby’s feet do need to wash my hand? Tanks

It's not necessary. A Baby's feet do not perspire and he also does not walk on soiled places.

posted:2008-12-01 15:45:16  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - 3 times w/kli
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: how many times do you have to wash your hands after coming out from the bathroom or touching a covered part of your body and does it have to be done with a cli

There are two general reasons in Halacha for washing one's hands, either for cleanliness or ruach ra'a. Things that contain an element of ruach ra'a obligate washing three times with a kli, while for things that merely make the hands dirty any method that cleans them is satisfactory. Relieving ones self in the bathroom and touching covered parts of the body are considered to be an in-between state and there is a machlokes what should be done. The Mishna Berura is lenient, while many Poskim and the common minhag is to wash 3 times with a kli. It should be pointed out that this only applies to modern, clean bathrooms. An outhouse would obligate washing the hand properly according to all opinions.

posted:2008-11-22 22:29:05  (0) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - covering negel vasser at night
Submitted by Aharon Subar  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: must one cover negel vasser at night?

The Tur and Shulchan Aruch write that one should neither drink nor wash with water that was left uncovered for a period of time out of concern that a snake may have sipped from the water and left behind some venom that would be dangerous to the person who comes in contact with it. However, many Poskim are lenient completely with the issue of uncovered water and even permit drinking it, while others differentiate between drinking and washing. Since there are respected opinions on both sides and the minhag is to be lenient, it is not necessary in general to cover the nagel vasser. However, in a place where snakes are common it should be kept covered.

posted:2008-11-05 00:20:05  (2) comments   email to a friend

Halacha - Netilas Yadayim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: I have an injury to me middle finger on my right hand that will require a splint on it 24/7 for up to 12 weeks. How do I handle netilas yadayim for shacharis, bathroom use, and before eating bread?

For morning nagel vasser and after the bathroom, you should wash as much as possible and you still say a beracha even if you can't wash your entire hand. Regarding washing to eat bread, the splint has the same Halacha as a bandage as answered previously under Halacha:Netilas Yadayim.

posted:2008-08-22 06:29:59  (0) comments   email to a friend

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