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Washing Cups – Netilat Yadayim

Hand washing (Netilat Yadayim) is the everyday part of the life of Torah observant Jews. The mitzvah of washing hands is a mitzvah that purifies the hands of the Jewish person hands before eating bread, prayer or Doing other mitzvot. We offer you an extensive range of Natlot (Washing Cups). Enjoy.

What is the Wash Cup?

Netilat Yadayim a wash cup, a large cup with a circular rim without a lip, is a vital feature in every Jewish home and there is usually at least one cup standing next to every sink. It used on rising in the morning, and throughout the course of the day, the wash cup will be in use as the hands ritually washed. The origin of the law of washing hands dates back to the times of the Temple and the stringent laws followed by the Priests regarding purity and hand washing before partaking of the sacrifices. Different grades of purity and impurity were in force until the Destruction of the Temple.


Today, an entire body of law governs the wash cup and how and when the hands should wash. The most well-known washing of hands is before eating bread – known as Netilat Yadayim, This is not washing of hands for hygiene. In fact, before Netilat Yadayim, the hands must be scrupulously clean. Hand washing before Meal Traditionally, Jews are required to wash their hands and say a blessing before eating any meal that includes bread or matzah.

The ritual, known as netilat yadayim, is typically done using a two-handled cup, but any vessel will do. There are various customs regarding how the water should be poured, but a common practice is to pour twice on the right hand followed by twice on the left (this reversed for those who are left-handed). Custom is to pour three times on each hand. The tradition is unrelated to personal hygiene, and a person is still required to perform this ritual even if his or her hands are clean. It is also customary not to speak following the recitation of this blessing until reciting the blessing for bread and partaking of some.

The Origins of Netilat Yadayim

The Origins of Netilat Yadayim The tradition of netilat yadayim before eating bread originated with the rabbis of the It derives from various practices concerning ritual impurity from when the ancient temple stood in Jerusalem. The priests who performed the temple rituals given gifts of oil, wine, and wheat that could be eaten only after ritual washing. For various reasons, the ancient rabbis extended this practice to all Jews before eating meals. Some sources suggest that the practice instituted so the temple’s washing ritual would not be forgotten.

Whatever the reason, the practice, incumbent upon both men and women, was established by Talmudic times and later included in the medieval codes of Jewish law. Some passages in the Talmud indicate that failing to wash hands before a meal is a significant transgression. 


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