Water is refreshing, cleansing, and clear, so it's easy to understand why so many cultures and religions use water for symbolic purification.  We will wash our hands twice during our seder: now, with no blessing, to get us ready for the rituals to come; and then again later, we'll wash again with a blessing, preparing us for the meal, which Judaism thinks of as a ritual in itself.

To wash your hands, you don't need soap, but you do need a cup to pour water over your hands.  Pour water on each of your hands three times, alternating between your hands.  

Too often during our daily lives we don't stop and take the moment to prepare for whatever it is we're about to do.

Let's pause to consider what we hope to get out of our evening together tonight. Go around the table and share one hope or expectation you have for tonight's seder.  Then wash up!

haggadah Section: Urchatz
Source: Jewish Boston