Netilat Yadayim Buying Guide
Before eating bread and when first waking up in the morning, there is a Jewish tradition to wash one's hands, but not in the regular way. One washes for bread by pouring water through a vessel, being the Netilat Yadayim cup, three times on the right hand and then three times on the left. When waking up in the morning, one pours water on their right hand, then left hand, and then repeats this two more times on each hand. The process of Netilat Yadayim is to purify ourselves and before eating, to remove our sense of entitlement before eating this humble bread that was slaved over for hours. Netilat Yadayim cups help preform this tradition through beautiful cups of all different colors and sizes.
Anodized aluminum is bold and shiny, and is great for Netilat Yadayim cups. Aside for the classic rounded looks made by Yair Emanuel, there are also stunning hourglass shaped ones like this and those with a hammered look. Anodized aluminum is a modern material, so giving it a modern look is appropriate, as Agayof does, even making one with a handle perfect for little hands. Netilat Yadayim is something done daily by the religious and at least weekly on Shabbat, before saying Motzi on Challah. Having a beautiful washing up will make Shabbat and the holidays a little more special.
Ceramic is an elegant choice for Judaica, and with washing cups, they always come out perfect. Michal Ben Yosef dominates this selection with her beautiful and colorful creations with designs like this basin-looking washing cup and this washing cup with gold decals. Many of them are available in a variety of colors like this palm tree cup and many come with a variety of colors painted on it like this Armenian Ceramic washing cup.
Pomegranates are one of the most popular and ancient Jewish symbols, which is why it appears on nearly every piece of Judaica. These ruby red fruits can be found on both Netilat Yadayim towels and cups in all different designs and materials, like with this copper hammered Netilat Yadayim cup. For an elegant design, we suggest this gold and silver pomegranate washing cup and for something a bit more simple, bamboo Netilat Yadayim cups are bursting with color and fun designs.
Netilat Yadayim towels are better for Netilat Yadayim than regular dish towels. Some of the towels are themed for the holidays like these for Rosh Hashanah, Pesach, Hanukkah, and Shabbat, and some are simply beautiful and quote the bracha said after washing hands like this mandala towel. These towels are the perfect Shabbat accessory for this tradition and best is that you can always switch things up with different towels. For something a bit more versatile, there are also fun dish towels like this Aleph-Bet one and this Jaffa orange towel.
Yair Emanuel is one of the most well known Israeli artists out there with a classic signature style that can be recognized nearly anywhere, like with his anodized aluminum Netilat Yadayim cups. His grapes washing cup will glitter and shine while these cool floral polyester cups offer lots of personality. Emanuel washing cups are a favorite for wedding gifts and housewarming gifts but don't forget to pair it with some beautiful towels!