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Rachtzah - Performing Netilat Yadayim

Rachtzah -

Performing Netilat Yadayim

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Before we proceed in the Seder, we will wash our hands and recite the traditional blessing:

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.

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! Once your hands are clean, you fill a smooth-rimmed jug or glass with water, and pour it over your hands. Certain Rabbinical authorities state that you should pour the water three times on each hand - right, left, right, left, right, left. After "washing" the hands, they are clasped together and the blessing is recited.

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