Netilat Yadayim – The Jewish Ceremonial Washing of the Hands

Netilat Yadayim is a traditional washing of the hands with a cup. This practice is commonly observed in Orthodox Judaism. Netilat Yadayim is usually done upon rising in the morning and before eating challah.

  • Netilat Yadayim is a ceremonial cleansing. Your hands should already be clean before doing this ritual.
  • Fill a large cup with water and pour water twice on each hand starting with your right hand.
  • Say the following Bracha: Baruch atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher kiddeshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al netilat yadayim. (Blessed art thou, Lord our God, Master of the universe, who has sanctified us with thy commandments, and commanded us about washing the hands.)
  • Speaking is forbidden at this time until you start eating the bread.

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