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Are OC 3:2 and 3:13 practiced nowadays? [duplicate]

In OC 3, the Shulchan Aruch discusses many halachos regarding using the bathroom. Many of these seem to be disregarded with the relatively modern invent of the urinal; this is particularly concerning ...
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Bracha asher yatzar

Do we say the bracha asher yatzar after drying our hands or before? Some guy taught that we're to say the bracha before drying the hands. I checked many halacha books including the makor chaim by ...
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Use of an automatic toilet on Shabbos?

Can one use on Shabbos an automatic toilet with an electric sensor that triggers the flushing mechanism when you are done? For example in a hotel lobby, or a public building. Assume there is no other ...
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Facebooking in the bathroom

It is forbidden to think, speak or read words of Torah while using the bathroom as per Shulchan Aruch O:C 85:2 [based on Shabbos 40b] If a person is using the bathroom and they know that from time to ...
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Reward for saying Asher Yatzar

Is saying Asher Yatzar, the blessing after using the bathroom, something that one will get rewarded for? Will one get rewarded for each time he said Asher Yatzar? Please cite sources.
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May one listen to the shofar if one is standing in an unclean place?

A question by רבות מחשבות here asked about counting the Omer in the bathroom. In the spirit of Elul, that raises the question if one may listen to the shofar while standing in an unclean place? On ...
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Taking teffilin off after saying bracha

What should someone do, who has the urge to use the bathroom right after saying the brachah on putting on the tefillin? Shall he put the tefillin shel yad and tefillin shel rosh and remove them? Or ...
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Learning Derashos or Pshat of Alternate Readings of Tanach

Background: In this week's Parsha (Devarim 11:4), the Chizkuni says the following: אשר הציף מי ים סוף על פניהם ברדפם אחריהם – ברדוף המים אחרי המצרים, והיינו דכתיב: נערמו מים, שתרגם אונקלוס: חכימו ...
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How can using the bathroom be equated to the pleasure of the afterlife?

There are three things which are a taste of the World to Come: Shabbat, the sun, and “usage.” What does “usage” mean? Usage of the bed [i.e. marital relations]? But that weakens the body. Rather it ...
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Putting breadcrumbs in the toilet

Mishnah Berurah writes in 180:10 that while throwing crumbs onto the ground where they will be stepped on is kasha l'aninus, God forbid, this does not apply when the crumbs are thrown into water. ...
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Counting Sefiras Haomer in the Bathroom

If one is (stuck) in a bathroom with a short amount of time left until sunset, and realizes that he has not yet counted Sefirah for that day, and will not be out of the bathroom before sunset, may he ...
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BS"D in the bathroom

I noticed my shampoo says בס״ד on the bottle. Is having it in the bathroom, etc., a problem? (My guess is no, or else they wouldn't put it on there, but still.) Related: Dr. Bronner's soap
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The Baltimore Throne

There is a practice when building certain houses to include a "Baltimore Throne", a working toilet in the basement which sits on its own. (Though I don't live in Baltimore I have seen it in houses in ...
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Can someone say Asher Yatzar for another?

Can someone say asher Yatzar for a sick, mute, hospitalized or any other person who has excreted but is unable to say the bracha himself? Does the person who excreted have to have any da'at or kavana ...
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Would reading a seforim catalog in the bathroom be prohibited?

You aren't supposed to study Torah or even think about Torah thoughts while in a place of uncleanliness, such as the bathroom. (See here and here.) But what about a catalog that sells seforim such as ...
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What is the status of Koheles and Shir HaShirim in the bathroom?

Depending on the Tanna, Koheles and Shir HaShirim might not be considered a part of Tanach, but merely written from Shlomo HaMelech's wisdom. Therefore, unlike books of Tanach, one who touches these ...
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Ring With Part of Pasuk Engraved on it

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 ...
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Blessings exiting bathroom [duplicate]

After going to the bathroom during the day, does one recite al netalis yadiam and esher yatzarh?
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Are you allowed to use a plunger to unclog a toilet on shabbos?

Are you allowed to use a plunger to unclog a toilet on shabbos?
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Reading Mi Yodeya in the bathroom

Is it ok to open Mi Yodeya in the bathroom and skim through the questions trying to find ones that aren't really included in limud ha'torah in order to read them? Or is the opening of the app and the ...
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Bathroom halachos in the bathroom

One may not learn Torah in the bathroom. May one learn Torah that pertains to halachos of the bathroom that came up in the bathroom, or must one leave the bathroom, check the halachah, and return to ...
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Hemorrhoids on Shabbos

What are the Halachos about one with Hemorroids on Shabbos? Is he allowed to use the bathroom/wipe, as this might cause him to bleed?
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Speaking as you enter a bathroom?

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chayim, Siman 3, Seif 1 says; כְּשֶׁיִּכָּנֵס לְבֵית הַכִּסֵא יֹאמְרוּ הִתְכַּבְּדוּ מְכֻבָּדִים וְכו'. וְעַכְשָׁו לֹא נָהֲגוּ לְאָמְרוֹ When one enters into the throne room (...
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Torah Songs in the Bathroom

Considering that it's assur to think about Torah in the bathroom, is it permissible to think about a song whose lyrics are Torah? If not, what about an earworm that you just can't get rid of?
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Is there a minimum amount of urine that is considered “Going to the bathroom” for the purpose of making a blessing?

After eating food or drinking beverage, we say a blessing; however, this is only the case if some minimum amount of food or beverage has been consumed. Likewise, after going to the bathroom, we say a ...
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Bedikat Chametz in the Bathroom

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 ...
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Proper way for a man to urinate while standing

Maran HaShulḥan 'Arukh, citing the Talmud Bavli (Niddah 13B), states that a man must avoid holding his member when urinating (Oraḥ Ḥayim 3:14). That is, holding me'atarah u'lema'alah is forbidden ...
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Are you allowed to take newspapers with divrey torah into the bathroom?

You're not allowed to take holy items into the bathroom/wash-house. If a newspaper has mostly advertisements but it also has a few pages of divrey torah, are you allowed to take such a newspaper into ...
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Is there a deadline for Asher yatzar [duplicate]

I know there is a deadline for brochois after a meal (until hungry again, 72 min). But if one did not say Asher yatzar, for how much time can one say it? What are the sources on this subject?
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Does urine leakage render one ritually impure?

If one leaks a little bit of urine after urinating, does this liquid (in the clothes) render one ritually impure? If not ritually impure, impure in another fashion?
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Printed blessings “in” a bathroom

Assuming that one is forbidden from taking Judaic materials into a bathroom (referenced here https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/60768/source-for-keeping-holy-books-out-of-bathroom and here ...
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What is the halachic status of a bathroom on a job site?

Those who work in trades can often find themselves in a clients home (residential) where the toilet has been removed so work can be done. I, personally, listen to Torah Audio. I am aware it is ...
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Inappropriate kavanah during “asher yatzar”

I don't know if other people have experienced this, but when reciting "asher yatzar" immediately after going to the bathroom, I find that if I meditate upon the meaning of the words I cannot help but ...
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Saying Brachos near a bathroom [duplicate]

We know that saying brachos in a bathroom is Assur. Would the same halacha apply regarding saying them near a bathroom with the door open ? this doesn't seem to answer the question ?!
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On moist and dry plants (שבת פב ע״א)

The Bavli, Shabas 82 amud 1: If before him [after defecating] were a pebble and grasses — [the proper course of action was a matter of dispute between two amoraim,] R. Chisda and R. Hamnuna. ...
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Asher Yotzar before or after Bracha Achronah

I read in a Sefer about a situation where a person uses the facilities before making a Bracha Achronah . My question is , do you make an Asher Yotzar first and then the Bracha Achronah or vice versa ?
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Halachos of the bathroom

Can someone give a rundown of the halachos of conducting one's self in the bathroom ( including how much one can remove his clothing ? )
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Are there any sources that say to wash hands with soap after the bathroom?

Are there any sources in Rabbinic literature that mention washing hands with soap after using the bathroom? I.e that just using the cup (נטילת ידים) isn't sufficient. An explicit statement would be ...
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why is flatulence forbidden in tefillin and during prayer

Why is flatulence forbidden in Tefillin and during prayer? Is it because partials of the feces get stuck to the body so now you do not have a clean body? or what?
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What's the minimum amount of work necessary to recite “Asher Yatzar” after using the bathroom in the middle of the night?

If one woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, what is the least amount of work one must do (e.g. just rinse the finger tips or rub the hands against one's clothing) that would allow ...
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Is it forbidden to urinate in front of someone?

This may seem like a very odd question, however I remember seeing this talked about explicitly. Is there any prohibition of urinating in front of another person? Say for example you are the bathroom ...
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Halachically, why are men allowed to use urinals?

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 3:13: לא ישתין מעומד, מפני ניצוצות הניתזין על רגליו, אם לא שיעמוד במקום גבוה, או שישתין לתוך עפר תחוח פירוש, קרקע שאינה בתולה, אלא כגון של ארץ חרושה). One ...
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Potty in the living room?

It is generally assumed that one is not allowed to bring a sefer into a bathroom, at least while the bathroom's in use (see Shabbos 127b, Rambam Hilchos Sefer Torah 10:5, Shulchan Aruch YD 282:6, ...
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Does Maimonides Allow Prayer to Angels?

In his Mishna Commentary to Sanhedrin 10:1 Maimonides lists as his 5th principle the prohibition to pray to an angel even as an intermediary. He counts this in his enumeration of his 13 principles in ...
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What to do with Torah novella thought in the bathroom by accident

Halachically it is prohibited to think about Torah in the bathroom. However, sometimes I'll get up to go to the bathroom while I'm in the middle of a tough sugya and I'll find myself still thinking ...
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Can I write Purim Torah in the bathroom? [duplicate]

Or do we worry about hirhurim of real Torah when writing fake Torah? This is a real question, BTW.
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Are there any halachot related to the position of a toilet seat?

Devarim 23:14 states that when you camp during a battle, you should keep a spade with you so that you can use it to cover up your excrement. Since the Torah mentions the importance of "bodily ...
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Is it better to skip Asher Yotzar, or to say it without washing?

Ideally, one would always do ritual handwashing (netilas yadayim) and say Asher Yotzar after going to the bathroom. (Source: Shulchan Aruch OC 4:18 for handwashing; here for asher yatzar) However, in ...
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Why do the laws of kevod seforim apply to physical seforim but not digital?

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. (...
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Can one recite prayers or learn torah while facing a bathroom whose door is open?

Do you have to close the bathroom door that you are in the vicinity of before being able to recite blessings or learn torah? Does it suffice to simply turn your back towards the bathroom door? For ...