I may have some trouble asking this question. I understand that the laws of kavod seforim (respecting holy texts; i.e., not bringing a book of Torah into the bathroom) do not apply to tapes, etc. (Source: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/weekly_torah.php?id=250). Presumably, they would also not apply to a phone that has Torah apps or downloads.

But why? And where is that line drawn? For example, if I had Torah on an e-ink reader, could that be in the bathroom if it were on? (/off?) In what respects is the distinction today drawn between virtual and physical?

(For official answers, please bring sources!)

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    highly related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/1186/759 (and its linked questions). – Double AA Feb 18 '15 at 15:08
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    Even that site (I assume) would agree the tape couldn't be playing in the bathroom. I think the point is data is irrelevant. Only when it is manifested physically in a way we can interact with do we treat it as Torah. – Double AA Feb 18 '15 at 15:09
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    I am pretty sure that the Aruch Hashulchan writes that printed seforim dont have kedusha. – mevaqesh Feb 18 '15 at 16:02
  • Hmmm - Does the Jewish Press have a digital version? Then maybe I actually CAN read it OUT of the bathroom :-) – DanF Feb 18 '15 at 17:12
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    @msh210 wow, that question should not have been closed – SAH Feb 19 '15 at 22:58

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