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I know that a person is supposed to wash negel vasser after a shower. does the same thing apply after swimming?

"Negel Vasser" is associated with the Netilas Yadayim done in the morning after sleep. After any time we come in contact with "mekomos hametunafim" , parts of the body normally covered by clothing, hands should be washed. Swimming would normally be included in this category. Whether or not a cup needs to be used or how many times have needed to be washed is a matter of custom. The basic halachic practice does not require a cup or six times washing except in the morning "negel Vasser" process. A cup is also required for Netilas Yadayim before eating bread. Beyond that is a matter of custom. [ED. Note: As we prepare to launch our new site, BJL will be partnering with the Star-K on Ask the Rabbi and Kashrus Questions. Rabbi Ari Storch is no longer answering these. This question has been answered by a Star-K Rabbi]

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If one sees one's father transgressing a Torah mitzvah,  one shouldn't say to him:  ''You have transgressed a Torah mitzvah''  rather one should say to him:  ''Father, isn't it written such and such in the Torah ?''  As if one is asking (for information) from him,  and not as one warning him,  and the father will understand (the hint) by himself and not be ashamed. (KSA 143:10)