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Of course watching things other than kosher things on a television is Asur, that's not my question. My question is that if one has a television in a room and watches it for things that all agree are forbidden (Perisut etc.) does he place a Mezuza there?

I've heard in the name of Harav Meir Mazuz that one shouldn't place a Mezuza there as it has the same legal status as a bathroom in this regard.

CYLOR & sources please

  • My guess, and it is only a guess, is this. I would doubt that most orthodox rabbis would tell a secular Jew not to place a mezuzah on their front door knowing that they desicrate shabbbat and kashrut. Every mitzvah counts. Since watching television (even, ehem, porn) is not universally accepted as an aveira, I would assume that placing a mezuzah on room used for watching TV would be acceptable. In Olam Habah, how will the mitzvah of mezuzah balance watching TV? Who knows but Hashem, but I suspect, even if watching television is an averiarah, the mitzvah of mezuzah will be greater. – JJLL Aug 30 '13 at 19:56
  • Nothing to do with being Mekayem another Miswa, it's just that Perisut would invalidate the room from a Mezuza possibly. – Hacham Gabriel Aug 30 '13 at 19:58
  • HG, that is only assuming having a television is inappropriate. I disagree with that assumption. Applying your implied logic, wouldn't bringing pork into a house invalidate the entire house from placing a mezuzah on the front door? Who would disourage even the most secular Jew from having a mezuzah? So what about a television would make the room that it is located in the same status as a bathroom? The posters question may be one of the "ask your rabbi" nature. The answer to the question seems specific to the particular community the poster belongs to. – JJLL Aug 30 '13 at 21:08
  • Jeffery, I didn't say having a Tv is inappropriate, I said if someone watches innappropriate things on a Tv then does he place a Mezuza on the door of the room where he watches Perisut? – Hacham Gabriel Aug 30 '13 at 21:13
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    Is watching asur TV the only thing done in that room ever, or do you also do other things there? – Charles Koppelman Aug 30 '13 at 21:34
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Based on Rema YD 286:2, a mezuzah is required on a room in a house even if it is used for bathing. Since we always cover our mezuzahs, all opinions agree that a mezuzah is required (see Shach s.k. 9)

A television has no relation to a bathroom, which does not have a mezuzah because of dirat kavod, and a living room is a proper dwelling place, even if you watch things you shouldn't.

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