Many people have small siddurs that they use for Mincha and Marriv which they keep in their wallets. I happen to keep my wallet in my back pocket. If I pick up a siddur like this, am I able to keep it in my wallet (which is in my back pocket)?

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    possible duplicate of Bringing wallet with benscher into bathroom
    – Daniel
    Oct 30, 2013 at 0:39
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    @Daniel I hear what you're saying about my question being a duplicate but the point that this question is focusing on is the fact that if I keep the siddur in my wallet in my back pocket I will be sitting on the siddur; a little different than the bathroom case
    – Bochur613
    Oct 30, 2013 at 2:00
  • good question. probably better to avoid.
    – ray
    Oct 30, 2013 at 12:07

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According to Rav David Law, which now is the Rav Rashi of Israel, no.

His source is in Berachot (18a) which says that someone who brings bones or a Sefer Torah from place to place on his animal should not sit on them even if they are in a container (דקסיא) because it is disrespectful to the bones,the Sefer Torah and, by implication, the siddur.

source: here and here

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    I don't follow the implication: a Torah clearly is on a higher level than a siddur. There is no valid kal vachomer here.
    – Double AA
    Nov 2, 2013 at 23:04
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    DoubleAA: Perhaps because there are numerous passages from scripture that are integrated into Jewish prayer that a siddur is thus an abridged Chumash?
    – JJLL
    Nov 3, 2013 at 20:12
  • We learn laws of what you can do with a siddur, from what you can do with loose Torah scrolls. They aren't really different things in halacha. This only applies if the wallet is in your back pocket though.
    – avi
    Dec 18, 2013 at 13:22

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