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Can you put a pencil in sifrei kodesh as a bookmark?

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    With very minimal effort, indeed I can. Feb 12 at 17:36
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    It would help to clarify why you think it might be a problem.
    – shmosel
    Feb 12 at 21:07
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    A pen could be an issue (in case the ink explodes) and Shabbat could be an issue (muktzeh gamor) but what is your fear beyond that? Feb 12 at 21:51

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https://halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Respecting_Holy_Books#Leaving_Objects_in_a_Sefer_or_on_Top

Per this site, you can leave a pencil in as a bookmark only, but not if it’s to guard your Sefer

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  • What does it mean to "guard your Sefer" ? Guard from what?
    – mbloch
    Feb 14 at 4:01
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    @mbloch Sword attacks. the pen is mightier than the sword.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Feb 14 at 8:03
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    @RabbiKaii this is hilarious
    – mbloch
    Feb 14 at 9:22
  • @mbloch hahahahaha idk that’s what it says on the site. Probably means to stop someone from stealing your sefer Feb 14 at 16:46
  • @CuriousYid yes, it means to mark it as "in use" so nobody else takes it in a beis midrash/knesset
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Feb 14 at 19:35
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I would imagine the only issue would be not hurting the binding if you place the pencil near the spine and close the book on it. (Speaking from sevara as opposed to any halacha I am familiar with).

I would be curious as to where the halachos of kavod for sefarim are written (aside from stacking order) if anyone knows.

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    There have been several sefarim written on the topic. You could make it into a question to get recommendations.
    – N.T.
    Feb 13 at 2:59
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    Hi, please see the site guidelines, as this falls under the standard for an answer, and really would be better as a comment.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Feb 14 at 15:34

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