Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Wash Your Mouth

While sleeping at night bacteria develop in the mouth, which generally results in bad breath. Most people find bad breath particularly offensive, and in numerous places throughout the Gemara, Chazal warn us about eating foods that cause it. Certainly if a person was preparing for an important meeting he would rinse out his mouth beforehand in order not to slight the honor of the person he is meeting.

Reciting numerous berachos to praise and thank Hashem is one of the first things we do every day upon awaking. Saying Hashem’s Name with bad breath indicates a lack of recognition of the purity and holiness of His Name (Beis Yosef 92). In this vein the Shulchan Aruch rules, “Some people have the custom to wash out their mouths in the morning” (Shulchan Aruch 4,17).

Although washing one’s mouth in the morning is certainly praiseworthy, it is not an obligation. Therefore, if there is no mouthwash or clean water available, he does not have to wait for them. Rather, he may go ahead and pray without rinsing his mouth (Mishnah Berurah 4,37).


Text Copyright © 2013 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON REEH:

View Complete List

A Blessed Universe
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Improving Our Eyesight
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

There Must Be an Anochi in Here Somewhere!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The "Eye" Generation
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

The Blessed Present
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Serve Hashem "His" Way
Shlomo Katz - 5761

> Non Prophet Organization
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5761

Free-Will
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Opportunity for Blessing
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767

ArtScroll

Enjoy the Ride
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

A Spoon and a Handle
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5765

A Godly Minority
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Creating Holiness
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

See, It's A Matter Of Choice
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Who Do You Trust?
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

See What Can Be Seen
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771



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