One cannot think about Torah in the bathroom, as per http://www.torahmusings.com/2011/08/bathroom-etiquette/ which cites Berachot 26a, Shabbat 150a, Rambam Kriat Shema 3:4. This "thinking" seems to include even "non-direct" thoughts, like simply thinking about Hashem (Chuchmas Shlomo 85, Lehoros Nosson 1:1, Tzitz Eliezer 13:1:3 as cited in note 63 on http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/224278/halachically-speaking-halachos-regarding-the-bathroom.html ) so I would think that having Kavannah and focusing on fulfilling a mitzvah would be included in that.

When I go around to check for chametz, I include the bathrooms in my house. I hope that that is what I am supposed to do. I am also thinking actively about what I am looking for and what might count as chametz according to halacha so I can be sure my house is properly ready for the holiday.

But if so, and assuming I am keeping up my kavannah to be yotzei the mitzvah on which I made the bracha, am I "thinking Torah thoughts" in the bathroom?

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    How do you do follow any halakha in the bathroom? Especially, those in Hilkhot Bathrooms, in ShA?
    – Double AA
    Apr 22, 2016 at 12:49
  • Re "This "thinking" seems to include even 'non-direct' thoughts, like simply thinking about Hashem": see also judaism.stackexchange.com/q/4491
    – msh210
    Apr 22, 2016 at 12:58
  • @DoubleAA how many other behaviors do I do in the bathroom after making a bracha on doing them?
    – rosends
    Apr 22, 2016 at 15:32
  • @Dude there are other things in the bathroom besides food that might be chameitz, and the dog drags things in.
    – rosends
    Apr 22, 2016 at 15:32
  • Is there a difference between "following a halacha" and "fulfilling a mitzvah"? Is following halachic authority in any situation inherently a fulfillment of a mitzvah (we make no bracha on it).
    – rosends
    Apr 22, 2016 at 15:51


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