Talk:Netilat Yadayim for a Meal

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  • The practice of Rav Hershel Schachter is to recite the bracha before washing. However, the minhag in YU and most places in America is to recite the bracha after washing. --YitzchakSultan (talk) 11:25, 2 April 2015 (EDT)
  • Halacha Brurah 158:29 writes that the international minhag it to recite the bracha after washing before drying, but if one wanted to privately follow the Shulchan Aruch one would be permitted to do so.
  • To YitzchakSultan: Are you sure this applies at all by netillas yadayim in the morning, when acc. to the Rosh the whole reason for the mitzvah is because the hands are NOT clean (and although it does seem from the rosh in Berachos 9:23 [see Agur hilchos tefillah 3] that you're allowed to make berachos in the morning with yadayim metunafos, the shulchan aruch clearly rules like the rashba that youre not allowed to), and therefore it should be assur to say any berachos prior thereof? And if you'll clean the hands first it should come out that you're not obligated in the mitzvah at all anymore acc. to the rosh. I'm pretty certain Rabbi Lebowitz's anecdote with Rav Schachter was by Netilas Yadayim for a seudah. User:LeviGoldman
  • Levi Goldman, you're right. Rav Schachter's anecdote was only regarding washing by the meal and the reasons as to why it can't apply do make sense. --YitzchakSultan (talk) 23:07, 23 July 2015 (EDT)