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Netilat Yadayim for Shabbat

Netilat Yadayim -

Washing the Hands for Shabbat

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It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person. - Jesus

Directly after reciting the Kiddush, everyone washes their hands in the prescribed ritual manner to prepare for the blessing over the bread (see note, below). Customarily, after reciting this blessing you do not speak until you have eaten the challah:

Netilat Yadayim

Blessed art thou, Lord our God, Master of the universe, who hast sanctified us
with thy commandments, and commanded us about washing the hands.

Barukh attah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
asher kiddeshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al netilat yadayim.

Netilat Yadayim cup and basin

How to Wash Your Hands
Fill a large cup that holds at least four and a half ounces with water and pour water on each hand front and back, starting with the right hand. Many people use special handwashing cups, which have two handles to them to make the pouring of the water easier.

Ritualistic Hand Washing

The ritual of Netilat Yadayim is actually a "ceremonial" cleansing. In fact, before engaging in this ritual, your hands should already be clean! The Lord Jesus our Mashiach opposed this traditional ritual of cleansing as essentially being meaningless (Matthew 15:1-14; see also Mark 7:3-16). It is included here for educational purposes only.




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