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Rabbi Yoel LiebermanTammuz 28, 5778
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Thanks you. Interesting, Besides the issue of whether or not it would be a "break in the proceedings", does a person have to be careful about not to get their hands wet after they have washed and dried their hands and made their bracha on the washing?
Answer
ב"ה Shalom The hands should be dry after washing them. The Shulchan Aruch (:אורח חיים הלכות נטילת ידים סימן קנח: יב) relates to a situation of a person not drying his or her hands after washing, (based on the Gemara in Sotah 4B) and specifically says that the hands must be dry because if not it is like one is eating bread which is "Tamei"- impure or defiled . But this refers to the water which remains on his/ hers hands after washing not to a new form of wetness. However, Rasshi's explanation of the aforementioned Gemara is that it is repulsive to touch bread when one's hands are wet, and it would seem that this interpretation would apply to any form of wetness. Therefore, the hands should be fully dried after washing and should remain so. All the best
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