Ruach Ra

According to the Gemara after all the birchot hashachar are said one washes his/her hands and begins to daven. When and why did hand washing become the first thing we do in the morning?

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Delivered at the OU Israel Center, June 12th, 2019, 9 Sivan 5779

This shiur is sponsored in loving memory of Fruma bat Meijer on her 5th Yahrzeit, 9 Sivan