This question is a bit complicated: Let's say I have a two-room bathroom. The first room is a room with sinks and mirrors and the second room has the actual toilets. The first room and second room are connected by a door. The first room has another door that leads out into the corridor.

Should I put a mezuzah on the doorpost connecting the first room (room with sinks) to the corridor?

Why or why not?

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    FWIW the Yeshiva Ktana of Passaic has mezuzos on the outer doors in such an arrangement.
    – yitznewton
    Jun 14, 2013 at 12:57
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    FWIW in my parent's house there is no Mezuza on the doorpost in this exact situation. Jun 14, 2013 at 18:24
  • FWIW in Yeshivat Kol Torah they did not have Mezuzos on the outer doors in a similar arrangement; sort of "F" shaped, with the first right-arm being the sinks and the second right-arm being the toilets. Neither the outer door nor the sink area had a Mezuza, but Rav Neuwirth זצ"ל said we could say Brachot in the first room. Jun 24, 2013 at 9:07

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In Shulchan Aruch (YD Siman 286:4) it says that a bathroom and bathhouse etc. are exempt from Mezuzah because they are not made for Diras Kavod (respectable living quarters). In Shu"t Minchas Yitzchok (4:89-90) he adds that if they (bathroom etc.) are not used for anything that would obligate them to have a Mezuzah (i.e. some people use a bathroom to store things therein) then even the outer room is exempt from a Mezuzah.

See all this in Sefer Chovas Hador (Perek 2:9-10 and footnote 37).


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.

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    Rooms under a certain size are exempt anyway (whether bathrooms, closets, entryways, or whatever). I think this question is about bathrooms where the outer room is larger than that, which I've definitely seen in some reception halls, hotels, and schools. Nov 20, 2013 at 15:35

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