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First International “Clean Your Kos Netilat Yadayim (Washing Cup)” Day

This is hilarious- thanks to Facebook any idea you have can be publicized throughout the land of bored souls and people who have nothing better to do with their lives. Like the club for people who turn their pillows over so they can sleep on the cold side, a couple hundred thousand people are in that one. Or the national clean your washing cup day.

In quotes are my answers or ideas about the language featured in the clubs or events mission statement:



It is one of the great mysteries of life: why are there so many dirty wash cups?

“Have you ever noticed that washing cups and soap don’t mix? – its a scary thing but the frummer you get the longer the washing stations are and the more cups on chains there are- but seldom is there soap. Which means that not only are the cups dirty from being thrown around and used constantly by hands that never see soap – but they are probably filthier then a dirty toilet.”

The only thing that should go into it is water unless your are cleaning it.

“Or those brown paper towels that somehow wind up inside of them”

You should turn it upside down to drain to dry. Letting it sit we will cause build up due to hard water, and tap water additives. YUCK!

“Have you ever been to New Square? – it would mean taking off time from whatever it is they do over there.”

Plastic and sealed wood, well there is just no excuse. So easy to clean. Wood, just rinse with distilled water now and again, wipe witha soft cloth and dry. Plastic, use soap and a scubber if you have to. If it’s that dirty, throw it away! It costs at the most $3 or (Insert amount and currency here). They are so cheap!

Ceramic, just wash like a mug (make sure it is sealed inside!)

Stainless steel, silver and copper can be cleaned and polished with your special cleaner.

– Your children should not use them as toys and make them all cruddy.

“Don’t worry most people chain them to the sink – similar to the way Filenes Basement cables the Gucci underwear.”

– There should never be a film, or crusted (eww) on layer of who knows what inside or outside your cup. (ESPECIALLY INSIDE!)

“What you never used your washing cup as a cholent scoop?”

If yours is even getting close to cruddy, run it through the dishwasher, or put it in the hot soapy water to soak with the dishes. It’s sooo easy to keep clean.

“What and make the cup fleishig?”


If you know someone who has a really cruddy cup, and they don’t have facebook, do a mitzva, and buy them one. Send it anonymously if you have to, or the next time you go to them for a Shabbat/Holiday meal, bring a cup as a host/hostess gift instead of wine, or put one on the bottom of the wine bottle.

“Never thought of that – bringing a clean washing cup to a meal you know the washing cup reminds you of the bar bathroom after last call.”


It is such a chillul HaShem (Disgrace of God’s name) to see so many many dirty wash cups, over and over, and over again!

Let’s do a misva / mitzva!




WHO DOESN’T WANT A CLEAN ??? ????? ?????


{ 20 comments… add one }
  • Material Maidel October 26, 2008, 1:14 PM

    random question:

    what’s the proper order after doing your thing in the bathroom?

    are you supposed to first wash your hands with soap and then do the cup thing?
    or vice versa?

    as a former Neve girl, I still haven’t figured it out….

  • Batya October 26, 2008, 1:33 PM

    Hesh, so brilliant. Yes, in many places I rinse out the cup before pouring water on my hands. What’s even worse are those places, at least in Israel there still are some, which have cloth things, which were once towels and may be one day after two or three good laundrings.

  • Heterim are for Hippies October 26, 2008, 3:11 PM

    I was horrified the first few times watching frummies use the bathroom and wash their hands without once using soap. Or washing for bread without using soap. And then watching that bread get handled by 12 dirty hands before getting to you.

    I’ve taken to washing negel vasser and then while hands are still wet doing the normal soap thing. When you need to make a brocha on the washing like on bread though I use soap before.

  • miriam October 26, 2008, 3:59 PM

    Hi Hesh,

    This is a much needed post. I am proud to say that I do wash my kos!

  • OPINIONATED October 26, 2008, 4:47 PM

    I wash out the kos once every other week, but for some reason it gets dirty fast. I use dawn and I scrub it, but plastic is a magnet for slime.

  • Shira Salamone October 28, 2008, 11:53 AM

    Nu, when you go to the mikveh, don’t you bathe first? I’m far from the most learned Jew on earth, but it seems logical to me that, since n’tilat yadayim is a *spiritual* cleansing, one’s hands should be washed with soap *first.*

  • Batya October 28, 2008, 12:30 PM

    shira, I think you’re mixing up peas and pears.

    I think the female mikvah at least is more like washing your hands after being at a cemetery. Once clean, three dunks, and after the cemetery, 6 hand rinses, three on each hand, while for bread it’s only 2 per hand, and I don’t think it’s for “tumah.”

    In less hygienic times, the double rinsing would be lots more than any other society cleaned before eating. First to loosen the dirt, second to wash it away.

  • chevramaidel October 29, 2008, 1:32 AM

    Clean out your cup, and let it be a reminder to clean out your kop.

  • HUNG SO LO April 1, 2009, 7:41 PM

    One day, while I was vacationing in Hong Kong, I misplaced the key to my hotel room. I called the hotel manager and told him that I needed a new key as soon as possible. Three minutes later, a prostitute showed up at my door saying “Manager tell me you want nooky quick-quick. You give me hundred dollar, I give you number one nooky!” I tried to explain to the young woman, “No, I want a NEW KEY, not your nooky!” She got angry and yelled at me, You want nooky but not MY nooky! What wrong with MY nooky? My nooky clean, just wash this morning!” “You don’t understand me”, I told her, “I need a NEW KEY!”. “And I need hundred dollar!”, she replied at the top of her voice. “Well“, I thought to myself, “since I can’t leave without a new key, I might as well avail myself of the opportunity.” That is when I got my Chinese nickname. When I took my drawers down, the young woman exclaimed, “You hung so lo!, you hung so lo!” “No, I told her, my name is Moshe Rabeynu, I’m not Hung So Lo. I’m not even half-Chinese.” “For China“ she replied “you hung so lo!” So that is how I became known as Moshe “Hung So Lo” Rabeynu in China. I went to the hotel manager and told him, “ I need a new key for my room!” “I already send up nooky for you”, he told me and added, “number one nooky. What the matter, she no go your room?” “Yes,” I answered, “a girl came to my room, and yes, she was quite spectacular and I gave her a tryout but she wasn’t what I really wanted. I need a New Key!” “Ah, now I understand”, said the manager, you no want girl nooky. You want new key from Sum Yung Boi! I get Sum Yung Boi for you!” “No, No”, I exclaimed quite embarrassed, “I do not want some young boy. I want a new key!” The manager appeared to be losing his patience and exclaimed, “If you want new key, you have to get Sum Yung Boi to go to room!” “But sir”, I tried to explain, “I am not gay. If some young boy came to my room, it would be a waste of time!” “How can be waste of time”, he answered, “you want new key, Sum Yung Boi give you new key!” With this, the manager picked up his phone and spoke rapidly into it. “I paged for Sum Yung Boi, he be here soon!” , he told me. I was mortified and wanted to leave the lobby but the manager continued conversing, “Before, when you asked over phone for new key, I thought you wanted nooky. Ha Ha Ha, we have misunderstanding. Now I realize that all time you needed Sum Yung Boi!” “No No“, I responded, worrying that I would never be understood, “I don’t want some young boy. I’m not gay! I need a NEW KEY, A NEW KEY!” At this moment an elderly man came up to us dressed in some kind of work uniform. “Here is Sum Yung Boi”, said the manager, “He go up to room with you and give you new key. Make you happy” “But, I don’t want nooky from this fellow, and, besides how can you call him some young boy? He looks to be seventy or seventy five years old.” The manager looked as if he reached his point of exasperation and yelled at me, “This man’s name is Sum Yung Boi! He is locksmith for hotel! He will check lock to room and give you NEW KEY! You want New Key for room from Sum Yung Boi or not?” “Yes”, I replied, totally embarrassed. “I’ll go up to my room with Mr. Sum Yung Boi and he will give me a new key. I‘m sorry for the misunderstanding!”

  • Avigayil Neshama May 8, 2009, 6:00 AM

    Thanks a lot! I never realize that getting people to realize the damndest obvious things, (which they never realized b4) and getting people to do miswoth makes me part of the “bored souls and people who have nothing better to do with their lives.”

    Yeah. Real great! Satire, maybe. Pathetic attack on a do-gooder! For sure!

    That’s not “frum”, and it’s just plain stupid!

    Are you so starved for material that you need to take a legitimate effort, appreciated by many, and take a pathetic stab it, or are you just naturally mean?

    Maybe.. your wash cup is really filthy and you are so embarssed that you need to joke about it and make schoolyard bully-style remarks? What is this? The back of the school bus? The high school locker room? The cafeteria? Grow up and find a more legit target to pick on!

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