Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Karpas

The Karpas
Day: Sunday
Date: March 29, 2015
Parshat: Tzav
Yalkut Yosef: 473

After kiddush at the Seder everyone washes their hands the same way we normally wash for bread but with no beracha. The reason for this washing is because we are about to dip the Karpas, and anytime we dip food into certain liquids we wash our hands without a beracha. If one dips food into fruit juice he does not need to wash his hands. Therefore if ones custom is to dip the Karpas into lemon juice he should add enough water to have a ratio of more than one part water to one part lemon juice. This way his washing will have been required and not for no reason. It is better to not talk after washing until one says the beracha on the Karpas. One should make sure to eat less than a kezayit of the Karpas. If he ate more he should not say an after beracha. Some of the Karpas should be left on the Seder plate until after the matza and the Maror are eaten.

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