I can't remember exactly where I read this, but is it true that angels are not present when someone is uncovered? Is there a source for this?

  • It seems like the Gemara brought below supports the idea. However, it's very possible that it's not what you read
    – Moshe
    Jun 25, 2021 at 1:13

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Berachot 60b:

הַנִּכְנָס לְבֵית הַכִּסֵּא, אוֹמֵר: ״הִתְכַּבְּדוּ מְכוּבָּדִים קְדוֹשִׁים מְשָׁרְתֵי עֶלְיוֹן, תְּנוּ כָּבוֹד לֵאלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, הַרְפּוּ מִמֶּנִּי עַד שֶׁאֶכָּנֵס וְאֶעֱשֶׂה רְצוֹנִי וְאָבֹא אֲלֵיכֶם״. אָמַר אַבָּיֵי: לָא לֵימָא אִינָשׁ הָכִי, דִּלְמָא שָׁבְקִי לֵיהּ וְאָזְלִי. אֶלָּא לֵימָא: ״שִׁמְרוּנִי שִׁמְרוּנִי, עִזְרוּנִי עִזְרוּנִי, סִמְכוּנִי סִמְכוּנִי, הַמְתִּינוּ לִי הַמְתִּינוּ לִי עַד שֶׁאֶכָּנֵס וְאֵצֵא, שֶׁכֵּן דַּרְכָּן שֶׁל בְּנֵי אָדָם״.

One who enters a bathroom says [to the angels who accompany him at all times]: Be honored, honorable holy ones, servants of the [One] on High, give honor to the God of Israel, leave me until I enter and do my will and come [back] to you. Abaye said: A person should not say this, lest they abandon him and go. Rather he should say: Guard me, guard me, help me, help me, support me, support me, wait for me, wait for me until I enter and come out, as this is the way of man.

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    Does this have to do with being uncovered in the bathroom or the bathroom itself?
    – magicker72
    Jun 24, 2021 at 23:27

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