Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Shulchan-Aruch

Part I: Orach Chayim

Chapter 1 - SLEEPING, ARISING, AND WASHING

A person should not sleep too long (see 4:16) and should not lie down to sleep in the east-west direction (3:6;240:17). It is proper to feel sad about the destruction of the Temple and the exile and to express these feelings in prayer; the ends of the first, second, and third thirds of the night are especially appropriate for such prayers (1:2-4).

A person should keep in mind that G-d is always observing him; when he wakes up in the morning, he should get up promptly and prepare himself to serve G-d (1:1;2:2). He should cover himself with a garment before getting up and should take care that the garment not turn inside out (2:1,3). He should put on his right shoe first and take it off last (2:4-5) and should not go barefoot (2:6). He should stand in a humble posture and should not walk four cubits with an uncovered head (2:6).

A person should check whether he needs to use the toilet (2:6;3:17) and should behave modestly there (3:2,4,12). On proper toilet habits see 3:1-3,5,7-11,13-16. Every morning, and each time he has used the toilet, a person recites the blessing "...Who formed man in wisdom..." (4:1;6:1;7:1-4).

When a person gets up in the morning he must wash his hands and recite the blessing "...Who commanded us about washing the hands" (4:1). Even if he has been up all night, gets up before dawn, or sleeps during the day, he must wash, but without reciting the blessing (4:13-15). Water should be poured over the hands three times (4:2); the right hand should be washed first (see 4:10). The water should not be poured onto the ground and must be disposed of (4:8-9). Some things that are required in washing the hands before eating, regarding the amount and type of water and the method of pouring (see Ch.12), are not essential when washing in the morning; see 4:1,6-7,11-12,22. Some also wash their mouths out in the morning (4:17); on drying the face see 4:20. On things that should not be touched before (or even after) washing the hands see 4:3-5,21. On other situations, such as going to the toilet, that require washing the hands see 4:18-19,23.

Shulchan Aruch, Copyright (c) 2000 Project Genesis, Inc.

 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Wine and Window Washers
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

Not Better or Worse, Just Different
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756

Noach Did Not Become Wicked, He Just Became Plain
- 5768

ArtScroll

It's All About Redemption Part II
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

Making Something of Nothing
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764

Taking the Initiative
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Positive Speech Builds a Brighter World
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Never Underestimate the Power of Prayer
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

How To Need Nothing And Have Everything
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

People In Stone Houses Should not Cast Bricks
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

What Was Noach's Greatest Legacy?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

'Moment'ary Blunders
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

> Communication Brings Unity
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

Three Philosophies at Bavel
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

The Choosing People
Rabbi Label Lam - 5761

Hide the Shame
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information