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BS"D in the bathroom

R. Moshe Feinstein has a responsum about writing ב"ה in a letter. While he notes that it could potentially lead to issues because the ה is a letter of God's name and it is also meant to refer to God, ...
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Torah songs, and earworms, in the bathroom

R' Shlomo Zalman Auerbach quoted in הליכות שלמה (הלכות תפילה פרק עשרים סימן יא אות כא) ruled that there is a distinction between recital of pesukim in praise and song (דרך שבח וזמרה) and studying (דרך ...
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Why is it permissible to flush a toilet on Shabbat?

Tosfos Eruvin (86b) and Mishne Berurah (355:6) explain that since the waste initially travels into an extension of the private domain, it is permitted. Even though the waste might later travel into a ...
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Gedolim books in the bathroom

It writes here the following: May one read stories of Tzaddikim in a bathroom?1 Stories from Tanach and the Talmud are forbidden to be read in a bathroom as they are actual words of Torah. However ...
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Use of an automatic toilet on Shabbos?

Halachipedia brings a number of opinions permitting this R Josh Flug (Sukkot To Go 5770, p. 27) writes that it is certainly permissible to use a toilet with an automatic flusher if no other ...
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Does anyone know of the following quote from Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz?

Rav Matisyuha Solomon quotes a similar episode he heard from Reb Leib Gurwitz about Rav Yeruchem. In response to a maskil that made fun of Torah Jews as "Asher Yotzar people", as if they do nothing ...
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Pulling out hairs while wiping yourself on Shabbat

http://dinonline.org/2016/05/16/bathroom-hygiene-on-shabbos/ He may wipe himself. He should do so lightly [gently?] in a way that it will not definitely cause hair removal. Even if this is ...
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Can someone say Asher Yatzar for another?

Yabia Omer Volume 9 Orach Chaim 3:2 says that one should not be Motzi his friend with Asher Yatzar. He says that since the Meiri in Rosh Hashana 29 holds that one can not be Motzi someone for such a ...
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May Jews pray near porta-potties

According to a shiur I heard from a local Rav, a porta-potty has the halachic status of a בית הכסא קבוע, or permanent bathroom, because the waste is contained within the porta-potty itself. Thus it ...
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Counting Sefiras Haomer in the Bathroom

Terrific question. I found a discussion of the issue by Rabbi S.B. Genut (in the case of someone locked in a bathroom) here, which I'll summarise for those for whom Hebrew is a barrier. Firstly, we'...
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Blessings exiting bathroom

The Shulchan Aruch writes in Orach Chai (7:1) כל היום כשעושה צרכיו, בין קטנים בין גדולים, מברך "אשר יצר" ולא "על נטילת ידים", אף אם רוצה ללמוד או להתפללא מיד If one uses the ...
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Is it permissible to say "Shabbos/Shabbat" in the bathroom?

The Chessed Lealafim (85,1) (R' Eliezer Papo) brings down Zohar that says that HaShem is called Shabbos. (He writes: דקב״ה שבת איקרי). Chessed Lealafim says that it is not allowed to say Shabbos in ...
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What is the halachic status of today's modern bathrooms?

R. Yitzchak Abadi has a responsum about this in Ohr Yitzchak 2:34. בתי כסאות שלנו ודאי שאין להם דין בית הכסא לשום דבר [ועי' בדברינו ח"א חאו"ח סוף סי' מ'] ואני תמה מכל האחרונים שהאריכו בזה ...
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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?

There is no minimum amount below which it is not considered "going to the bathroom" for the sake of making a blessing. The Shulchan Arukh addresses this question explicitly: אֵין שִׁעוּר ...
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May one listen to the shofar if one is standing in an unclean place?

R. Kook phrases this query differently while encapsulating the underlining question: Is blowing shofar likened to sacred speech ("dibbur shel kedushah") or is it a mere action/mitzvah. The given ...
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At what point should one recite Bracha asher yatzar

The Shulchan Aruch 4,18 says one must wash ones hand after going to the toilet, the Mishna Brura seif 40 explains that even if one merely enters the toilet he must wash his hands because of the רוח ...
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Talking In Bathrooms

The Rambam (Deoth 5:6), cited by the Arokh HaShulchan (OC 3:3), says that specifically Torah scholars have a practice of excessive modesty of not talking while actually relieving themselves, implying ...
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Bathroom halachos in the bathroom

See Magen Avraham OC 84, sk 2: אם שאל לו אדם דבר הלכה אסור לומר לו "אין משיבין במרחץ". ובבית האמצעי שרי לומר כך. הרוצה לשתות בבית המרחץ יברך בחוץ ע"מ לשתות בפנים.‏ If someone asks ...
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Hemorrhoids on Shabbos

According to Shulchan Aruch 328, 22-23, see also sayf 26. To use a wipe seems as in sayif 22, to clean the injury, the blood is generally already here and it is not really a new bleeding. "Migh cause ...
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Is it better to skip Asher Yotzar, or to say it without washing?

IS A CUP NEEDED? IS 3 TIMES PER HAND NEEDED? Washing after the bathroom, doesn't require a utensil, M’Ikar D’Din, and even though it’s good to use one, when using a cup, the hands needn’t be ...
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Is it permitted to think about God / Hashem in the bathroom?

Chochmat Shelomo to Orach Chayyim 85:2 (text, pdf) concludes that you can think about God in the bathroom. אפילו להרהר בד"ת וכו'. נ"ב נסתפקתי אם מותר להרהר בו ית' או לא. ולכאורה יש ללמוד ק"ו דאסור ...
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Why mention healing everyone after the restroom and Jews in the amida?

The Amidah is said from the perspective of the Jewish people/congregation, as it begins "velokai avoseinu", and as is indicated in other brachos as well ("hashiveinu avinu lsorasecha","tekah bshofar ...
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Bringing Tefillin into Airport Bathroom

The Shulchan Aruch 46:3 says that one may enter if they are covered either with something that has a tefach or a covering that is not designated specifically for the tefillin (i.e. a suitcase) היה ...
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Why is a utensil required when washing one's hands after bathroom use?

It is not at all clear one needs to use a utensil to wash hands after using a bathroom. In a review of sources, R Ari Zivotofsky writes (here) Misconception: Upon exiting a bathroom, one should ...
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Advice for keeping tzitzit away from the toilet

Yeah. So, pull on your shirt bottom front until you get a nice shirt-bun and then wrap your tzitzis around your shirt-bun then roll up to your stomach. It works like a charm
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Is it better to skip Asher Yotzar, or to say it without washing?

Yalqut Yosef - Qizur Shulhan 'Arukh (Orah Hayim 3:2) states (my translation): צריך ליטול ידיו כדי לברך אשר יצר... [אבל] מעיקר הדין מותר לומר דברים שבקדושה אחר ניקוי ידיו במידי דמנקי One should wash ...
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Are you allowed to use a plunger to unclog a toilet on shabbos?

From dinonline: Concerning a toilet, some rule that it is permitted to use a plunger, because it is very easy to clear the toilet (see Minchas Yitzchak 5:75). For a toilet, there is special ...
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Reading Mi Yodeya in the bathroom

The real issue I would worry about when scrolling through a list of MY questions is the interdiction of thinking thoughts of Torah in a bathroom. Even if our current-day bathrooms are not the bet ...
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Bathroom halachos in the bathroom

The Rama 85:2 brings down that it is not permitted to learn halachos of bathhouse in a bathhouse, so certainly learning bathroom halachos in the bathroom is prohibited (Bathroom is more strict than a ...
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BS"D in the bathroom

Why should there be a problem? בס''ד stands for בסייעתא דשמיא and doesn't contain any Holy Name. The translation of the phrase is "with Heaven's help". Even in the case of ב''ה or בעז''ה, which have ...
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