- Ritualistic Hand Washing
[Netilat Yadayim Rochtzah (Washing Before the Meal). After concluding the first part of the haggadah by drinking the second cup of wine (while reclining), the hands are washed again, this time with the customary blessings, as is usually done before eating bread.] The Seder Leader calls out Rachtzah. Before we begin the Seder, we wash our hands and recite the traditional blessing for washing the hands:
Blessed are you Lord, our G-d, King of the universe, Who hast sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the washing of the hands.
Barukh attah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher kiddeshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu al netilat yadayim.”
Ritualistic Hand Washing:
One should not speak until after making the next two blessings and eating the Matzah. The ritual of netilat yadayim is actually a “ceremonial” cleansing. In fact, before engaging in this ritual, your hands should already be clean. Once your hands are clean, you fill a smooth-rimmed jug or glass with water, and pour it over your hands. Certain Rabbinical authorities state that you should pour the water three times on each hand (right, left, right, left, right, left). After “washing” the hands, they are clasped together and the blessing is recited.]