Dear Rabbi,

If one is planning a long hefsek between when they wake up and daven Shacharis (for example go to mikva), is it better for them to say, Al Netilat Yadayim, Asher Yatzar and Elokai Neshama, followed by birchat hatorah) when they are ready for tefilla or straight after waking up (after getting dressed and using bathroom)?

Answer:

Al Netilat Yadayim should be made when one is ready for tefilla at that point the hands should be washed again and the bracha should be made. With regards to the other brachos they can be made before. Asher Yatzar specifically, should be said before, because if htere is another need for the bathroom in between he will have lost one Asher Yatzar.

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