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Halacha - covering negel vasser at night
Submitted by Aharon Subar  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh

The Tur and Shulchan Aruch write that one should neither drink nor wash with water that was left uncovered for a period of time out of concern that a snake may have sipped from the water and left behind some venom that would be dangerous to the person who comes in contact with it. However, many Poskim are lenient completely with the issue of uncovered water and even permit drinking it, while others differentiate between drinking and washing. Since there are respected opinions on both sides and the minhag is to be lenient, it is not necessary in general to cover the nagel vasser. However, in a place where snakes are common it should be kept covered.

posted:2008-11-05 00:20:05

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Visitor Comments: 2

Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh, 2008-11-11 15:58:16
Sure, YD 116. The Tur writes many more details then Shulchan Aruch, so be sure to look there.
Anonymous, 2008-11-11 12:41:34
can you provide the source in the tur/shulchan oruch?
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