Since I may be naked in my bedroom, is it possible to have sifrei kodesh in it (according to the Talmud or the Rambam)?

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    "according to the Talmud or the Rambam" Why such a limited range of sources?
    – Yishai
    Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 13:55
  • "I may be naked in my bedroom": do you mean that it's possible for you to be naked or that it's permissible? If the latter, can you provide evidence of this claim?
    – msh210
    Commented Nov 1, 2015 at 16:35

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Rav D Neustadt has a review of the respect to be paid to Sefarim.

Relevant to your question is the statement (with my translation in the reference):

Sefarim are treated with kedushah. Thus: It is prohibited for males (over the age of nine) or females (over the age of three) to be completely unclothed in the presence of a sefer.[ref. 24] 

ref. 24: Mishnah Berurah 45:5, 75:23. But this prohibition applies only to ervah mamash (real nakedness); we do not invoke tefach b'ishah ervah (a hands-breadth of a female uncovered is prohibited) concerning this issue; Rabbi P.E. Falk (Kol ha-Torah, vol. 46, pgs. 187-194).

45:5 references Gem Berochos 60.

  • Can you summarize what the referenced Gemara says in this regard?
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 1, 2015 at 16:10

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