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If someone has one of the small "pocket benschers" that slide into his wallet, is it a problem for him to walk into the bathroom with his wallet in his pocket?

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It may be OK to walk in even out of pocket. Its likely modern bathrooms don't have the same halacha as bathrooms in the time of the talmud (before flush toilets, etc.) –  Ariel K Oct 25 '12 at 19:22
    
@ArielK Isn't he about to use the bathroom? Or maybe there are other people there? As long as the waste is there it is no different from older bathrooms. Once the waste is flushed then it's like a bathhouse. –  Ariel Oct 25 '12 at 20:33
    
What kind of benscher are we talking about? I have a pocket benscher without Shem HaMeforash written on it (instead uses double yuds). If a holy name is written on it, it would be forbidden to go to the bathroom with it unless covered (Yoreh Deah 282:6). Otherwise, I don't see the problem. –  Aryeh Oct 25 '12 at 20:34
    
@ArielK judaism.stackexchange.com/a/2048/1569 –  b a Oct 26 '12 at 0:06
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When I was at KBY, I asked the campus Posek this question, and he said that it's OK, because the bentcher is protected by at least two layers of covering ("kli betoch kli"). He added that it may even be OK in a pants pocket without the wallet, since the fabric of the pocket and the fabric of the pants could constitute two layers.

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for sources, see theyeshivaworld.com/weekly_torah.php?id=250 –  Charles Koppelman Oct 25 '12 at 19:09
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@CharlesKoppelman, you could provide that with a summary as an alternative answer. –  Isaac Moses Oct 25 '12 at 19:11
    
I could, but I have very little free time these days. –  Charles Koppelman Oct 25 '12 at 19:13
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