Traditional hand washing, or netilat yadayim, has been around since the first century and even before. If you’ve ever read the Gospel then you know of the exchange between Yeshua and the Pharisees concerning the disciples washing their hands before they eat bread. While washing your hands before you eat may be a good idea, could there be something deeper to this than just hygiene?
Yeshua wasn’t too impressed with the hand-washing of the Elders, in fact He berated them pretty thoroughly afterwards.
Well, what’s the big deal?
Hand washing of the Pharisees is one of many things we find in the Talmud that can be classified as a man-made tradition, even the Pharisees called it a ‘tradition of the Elders’.
Traditions are not always a bad thing, of course. However, when pagan rituals morph into religious traditions among God’s people – well, that is something to be concerned about.
Get a brief history of ritual hand washing in this short but highly informative video. You will be shocked to find out the truth.
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