I have a silver ring with the words "Gam Ki Elech Lo Ira Ra Ki Ata Imadi" engraved into it. It is the same font as words in a torah. The words are meant to be written as a play on words from psalm 23 and are now referring to a spouse. Two of the words have letter that connect to an adjacent word (some suggested that may invalidate them as halchik "words" in order to avoid any issues).

Is it ok to wear this ring in the bathroom? Or handle impure items while wearing it?

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    Is it on the inside or outside of the ring?
    – Double AA
    Jun 26, 2017 at 17:34
  • it is on the outside. on the inside there are initials in Hebrew and the date in Hebrew. Jun 27, 2017 at 0:49

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As always, CYLOR especially as this doesn't seem to be an open-and-shut question. See this thorough article where they discuss your question.

The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 283:4) codifies the Rambam as well, ruling that it is indeed forbidden to embroider pesukim into a tallit, and the Beit Yosef, written by Rav Yosef Karo himself, makes mention of both of these reasons offered by the Rambam. Based on this case, it would appear that even if one would argue that the first reason above is not sufficient to absolutely forbid our case of using pesukim in jewelry or other clothing, it would still be prohibited to make, and most probably buy, such an object based on the second reason. Even if a person attempts to be careful not to bring it into unclean areas, it is very difficult to assure that it is never taken to the bathroom.

Nonetheless, there might be room for leniency based on one side of a difference of opinion quoted in the aforementioned article

Rav Yaakov Ariel (B’oholah shel Torah siman 42) argues that perhaps there is room to be lenient that not only may one wear jewelry or rings (or sweat shirts) with Torah verses on it, it may even be permitted to bring them into the bathroom, since perhaps the verses are intended not as Torah content, but rather simply as an expression of friendship. For example, the phrase of “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li,” “Iam to my beloved as my beloved is to me,”found on a ring may not have been intended to refer specifically to the verse in Shir HaShirim(6:3),but rather is simply being used as a “catch phrase”to demonstrate a person’s affection or friendship for another individual.


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