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Scratch or rub neck

Question:

Hi. I know one must wash after scratching scalp. Is this just before prayer. If one scratches behind neck/ear and cannot wash before buying food,is that ok?

Answer:

While it is preferred to wash them right after scratching your scalp, you don’t have to. You only have to have to have washed them before you make a bracha daven etc. By the way you only have to wash them once and even if it is not with a cup, (although according to some opinions it is better that way).

As a side point yoו do not have to wash your hands when scratching behind your ears or your neck, but only if you touch a place on your body that is usually covered.

Best wishes

Sources:

O:CH 4-18, M:B 4-39

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