Episode 22 – https://www.matsati.com
טו אַחֲרֵי כֵן נִגְּשׁוּ אֶל יֵשׁוּעַ סוֹפְרִים וּפְרוּשִׁים מִירוּשָׁלַיִם ב וְשָׁאֲלוּ אוֹתוֹ׃ ״מַדּוּעַ עוֹבְרִים תַּלְמִידֶיךָ עַל מָסֹרֶת הַזְּקֵנִים, שֶׁאֵין הֵם נוֹטְלִים יָדַיִם לַסְּעוּדָה?״
The tradition of ritual purity; namely, washing the hands is a valid practice, however, the practice becomes invalid if one’s mind and heart is not cleansed. Certain Pharisees were doing things to “look” pious and special for others to see… yet they were filthy on the inside. One interpretation may be that the disciples didn’t wash their hands because they didn’t feel they were clean inside, and therefore didn’t do it in that instance. But we should consider the other verses that reveal that they certainly did observe this ritual of washing the Hands. For example, from the book of James:
קִרְבוּ לֵאלֹהִים וְיִקְרַב אֲלֵיכֶם. הַחוֹטְאִים, רַחֲצוּ יְדֵיכֶם! טַהֲרוּ אֶת לְבַבְכֶם, הֲפַכְפַּכֵּי הַלֵּב!