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Yemenite Netilat Yadayim

Hello I have a Yemenite friend who says netillat yadaim blessing and then washes. Where r the sources for this and what is the halachic standing

Answer:

This is the opinion of the Rambam. Yemenite tradition follows the rulings of the Rambam over Shulchan Aruch.

Sources:

Rambam Brachos 11:3, Tefillin 4:7, see also Tshuvot Rav Avraham Ben Harambam pg. 122 [Fryman edition]

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  1. Rambam: Miqwot 11
    If one don’t have any intention (Cavanah) he didn’t make any Miswah. Cavanah must be before the Miswah of N’tilat-Yadayim. That’s why brahah is made before washing. (Rambam: Miqwot 11:12).
    Head-Tefillin is separate Miswah. One must say brahah (Cavanah) before placing Tefillin on one’s head.

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