Must one wash his hands after touching salt?

Must one wash his hands after touching salt?[1]

Some Poskim[2] rule that one is to wash his hands after touching salt.[3] Practically, the worldly custom is not to be particular in this matter.[4]


[1] See Piskeiy Teshuvos 181:3

[2] Chulin 105b; Ben Ish Chaiy Shlach 13; Kaf Hachaim 181:2

[3] The reason: As we suspect that perhaps one has touched the Sodomite salt and will place his fingers by his eyes, causing him to become blind. [ibid]

[4] Setimas Haposkim, Tur and Michaber who all omit the Talmudic statement; Yalkut Yosef 181:21 in name of Poskim; Piskeiy Teshuvos 181:3

The reason: As there is no more Sodomite salt found [Tosafus ibid; Admur ibid], and the main reason we wash is for the sake of the blessing and due to Kabala. [Piskeiy Teshuvos ibid]

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