[Avodah] What is mayim achronim (washing hands at the end of the meal) and is it obligatory?

Michael Poppers michaelpoppers at gmail.com
Mon Nov 8 18:56:36 PST 2021

In Avodah V39n94, ProfDrYL wrote:
> In light of the fact that today most people eat most food without ever
touching it with their fingers,  it seems to me that this is a strong
reason not to have to wash mayim achronim. <
What would the response be to someone stating, "Because we use washing
machines nowadays and don't manually scrub at the edge of a body of water,
we should no longer refrain from washing clothes during Chol haMoeid"?
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