Netilat Yadayim After making Kiddush, some people choose to prepare for the blessing over bread by washing their hands. This is a ritual washing and is not necessarily for cleaning the hands. When one washes it is customary to first remove all jewelry from one's hands. After washing, there is a tradition to not speak until Hamotzi has been recited, but to sing a nigun (a song without words) until everyone present has finished washing. To perform the hand-washing ritual: fill a cup of water and pour it over your right hand three times. Next, take the cup in your right hand and pour it over your left hand three times. Say the following blessing before drying your hands: Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitz'votav v’tzivanu al n'tilat yadayim. Praised be our Eternal God, Ruler of the universe: You hallow us with Mitzvot, and command us to wash our hands.


Type of Custom: Psalms, Poetry & Songs, Candlelighting, Kiddush, Motzi & Handwashing, Commentary/Meditations, Prayers of Celebration & Gratitude

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Source: Moishe House