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Do the hands have to be dried before reciting the Bracha על נטילת ידים?

 

Question:

I’m teaching my 4th-grade students the Halachos of washing 2nd Negel Vaser.

Do the hands have to be dried before reciting the Bracha על נטילת ידים, or can we say the Bracha with wet hands?

 

Answer:

In the morning – halachically we do not need to dry them, however, minhag Chabad is to first dry the hands, raise them to head level (where the peyos are) separate from each other, and say the Bracha.

Before a meal – we wash our hands (leaving a bit of water in the left hand), say the Bracha while rubbing our hands together (with the bit of water) at the level of the heart, followed by drying.

 

Sources:

נט”י שחרית – שו”ע אדה”ז מהדו”ק ד, ז. לקו”ד ח”ג ע’ 896. ספר המנהגים – חב”ד ע’ 2.

נט”י לסעודה – שו”ע אדה”ז קנח, טז. סדר נט”י לסעודה ס”ד. לקו”ד ח”ג ע’ 896. היום יום כ שבט.

 

 

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