To go on the seder-journey we need to be ready.  Passover cleaning has prepared our house.  Hametz is food which has become leaven.  It is bloated.  A house which is ready for Passover has just the basics.  The Hametz has been removed.  Passover is getting back to basics.


Urhatz is a ritual washing.  It has nothing to do with personal cleanliness but with ritual cleanness.  Before we begin the unique seder rituals we do Urhatz.  No blessing is said.  This is just an act of preparation.

haggadah Section: Urchatz
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