Washing hands is done before all meals at which bread is eaten and water plays an important part in the Passover story. We wash our hands twice at our Seder, but since we will not be eating yet, we do not recite any blessings at this time. As we pour water over our hands now, we ask that our hearts be touched by wisdom as our hands reach out to the world and touch those around us.

A pitcher of water with basin and towel may be passed around to all guests.

haggadah Section: Urchatz
Source: Telling the Story: A Passover Haggadah Explained