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One has to ascertain the correct size of this "powder room". I believe that if it is less than 4 amot x 4 amot (which is approx. 6 ft. x 6 ft.), it may be exempt from Mezuza, regardless of whether it is a room "ra'ui' (fit) for mezuzah. Best to measure and check with your L.O.R.
I think in the Sdom story, it serves to emphasize that there's an angry, dangerous crowd outside and it's just barely safe inside. In the Haftorah, Malbim and others point out that if we're asking G-d for a miracle, we attempt to make it as non-disruptive as possible, thus the fewer people who observe it the better. Hence miracles are done behind closed ...
The following is my understanding based on things I've read, but I can't give any sources at present. On a physical level, a doorway or a gateway is the dividing line between one domain and another. If there is a door, opening it allows people or things to go from one domain to the other, and closing it effects the opposite. (And bolting the door adds ...
The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 190:1 states that our roofs don't need a fence since we don't use them. Obviously slanted roofs are therefore exempt. He goes on the say that not only roofs, but any place where there's a danger of falling off and getting killed, requires a fence. For the record, this fence needs to be 10 tefachim high and strong enough that a ...
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