Section: Halacha Category: Tshuvos
|Shevet HaKehosi: Washing Only One Hand for Bread|
The Bracha on washing hands for HaMotzi is "Al Netilas Yadayim", plural for "hands". There are times when only one hand can be washed for HaMotzi. For example if someone has a cast on one of their hands. When making a bracha for Tevilas Keilim, the Be'er Heitev (YD 120) brings from the Pri Chadash that if you Tovel only one Keili (Utensil), you should say the Bracha in the singular form "Al Tevilas Keili". What about Netilas Yadayim on one hand? Should you make the Bracha of Al Netilas "Yadayim", in the plural form or Al Netilas "Yad" in the singular form, since it is only one hand?
The Shevet HaKehosi (2:76) says that by Netilas Yadayim the poskim do not mention this change of Nusach and you should always make the bracha in the plural, Yadayim. Since this is the Nusach HaBracha we should not change it for special circumstances. The reason why by Tevilas Keilim we use the appropriate tense, is because it is as common to Tovel one utensil as it is to Tovel multiple Keilim. However by washing for HaMotzi both hands are washed almost all time. Therefore the Nusach HaBracha is Yadayim and is not changes for the odd case.
Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.