Does one need to remain fully covered when there is a mezuzah in view? I am asking based on the principle of koved seforim, according to which, as I understand it, one may not expose ervah to (uncovered) holy books and other holy items.

I understand the mezuzah is already covered once by a case, but two covers are preferred by many ( http://gt.torah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5774/vayechi.html , inter alia); also, I worry that the /shin/ on the outside of the mezuzah case is a Shem Hashem (or close enough) before which one should not be uncovered.

Practically speaking, the requirement I'm asking about would--I think--mean only changing clothes, etc., in the most distal rooms of the house--and maybe not even in these, if the mezuze is inside the door--or in bathrooms, and always with the door closed. Is this how it is?

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    Note also the ambiguity in the word erva. It also means ~"a relative one is forbidden to marry".
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 17:06
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    Are you referring to the ש on the outside being an abbreviation of שד-י?
    – WAF
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 23:23
  • @WAF yes (char)
    – SAH
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 15:50
  • Is it? (indeed)
    – WAF
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 16:13

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One does need to remain fully covered in front of a mezuzah, as it would not be respectful to the mezuzah to stand naked before it. Where there is filth, such as children (presumably babies and very young children who don't know how to stay clean), it is good that the mezuzah be covered (YD 286:2,5).

The Taz (YD 286:5), Aruch HaShulchan (YD 286:10), and the Ben Ish Chai write that a glass covering is not sufficient for ervah.

  • @Pioni Thanks. What about the issue of the 'shin' on the mezuze?
    – SAH
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 15:51
  • @SAH I haven't seen that anywhere, but in any case that is written on the cover of the mezuza whereas in your scenario you would have to put a second covering on so it would anyway be covered (albeit not with a double covering).
    – user9643
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 16:38

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