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Halachos Concerning The Bathroom Part 6
Bringing Seforim/Tapes/ Jewish Newspapers/ Books Into The Bathroom
One should not walk into the bathroom with a small Mincha and Maariv in his pocket or other devarim sh'bekedusha, if it is not covered with at least one covering.(43) Some are of the opinion that the sefer should have two coverings before walking into the bathroom with it.(44) There is a discussion in the poskim whether or not the cover of the Mincha and Maariv siddur may be considered like one covering.(45) One may place the siddur etc. in one's pocket and then enter the bathroom.(46) Some say it is only permitted if ones jacket covers his pocket.(47) Others hold that one may place a davar sh'be'kedusha in ones jacket pocket (inside pocket) and it is considered two coverings.(48) One's shirt pocket is considered a covering.(49) The U.S. dollar bills that say "In G-d we trust" may be brought into the bathroom even without any cover.(50) One is permitted to bring divrei Torah tapes into the bathroom.(51) Obviously one may not listen to these tapes there because then one will think in learning.(52) A newspaper that contains divrei Torah should not be brought into the bathroom.(53) Some say that it can be brought in as long as the page with Hashem's name is not opened in the bathroom, since the pages of the paper are considered a covering.(54) Since one might get divrei hisorerus from a biography of a gadol one may not bring it into the bathroom.(55) Other books would be permitted if they do not contain halacha, mussar etc.(56)
(43) Refer Mesechtas Shabbos 127b, Rambam Hilchos Sefer Torah 10:5, Shulchan Aruch Y.D. 282:6, Magen Avraham 43:14, Pri Megadim Eishel Avraham 14, Be'er Heitiv 11, Maharsham 3:357, Mishnah Berurah 43:25, Shar Ha'tzyion 17, Salmas Chaim 373 (old), Ginzei Hakodesh page 203 quoting this as the opinion of many poskim, As far as bringing tefillin into the bathroom refer to Shulchan Aruch 43:6-7, Mishnah Berurah 24. (This is very common in an airport where one has no place to put his tefillin when he wants to use the bathroom). If one brought tefillin or a mezuzah into the bathroom they do not become posul (Shevet Ha'kehusi 2:34). (44) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see Sharei Teshuva 43:11, Elya Rabbah 6, Shulchan Aruch Harav 43:6, Nekius V'kovod B'tefilla page 130:12:footnote 2 quoting the opinion of Horav Chaim Kanievesky Shlita, Yugel Yaakov page 39, see Ginzei Hakodesh 4:footnote 2, and questions asked to Horav Chaim Kanievesky #19-22. A see through cover is not good according to some poskim (Doleh U'mashka page 43, see Mishnah Berurah 40:7). (45) Refer to Mishnah Berurah 40:4, N'kius V'kovod B'tefilla 12:3, see Shevet Ha'kehusi 1:58. (46) Rivevos Ephraim 1:end of 8, see 7:278:13:page 232. If a daver sh'bekedusha is placed in a plastic bag and then in one's pocket one may walk into the bathroom, since that is considered two coverings (Halichos Shlomo Tefilla 20:21). (47) Nekius V'kovod B'tefilla page 187:129. (48) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see Rivevos Ephraim 8:158:5. (49) Ginzei Hakodesh 4:footnote 2. (50) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see Shach Y.D. 179:11, Oz Nedberu 2:64, Ginzei Hakodesh 4:5:footnote 6, Betzel Hachuchma 6:124, Tzitz Eliezer 16:31, Shevet Ha'Levi 6:8, Teshuvos V'hanhugos 2:466, Rivevos Ephraim 8:158:4 quoting the opinion of Horav Elyashiv Shlita, Halichos Shlomo Tefilla 20:footnote 33, see Nekius V'kovod B'tefilla page 187:133. If there is divrei Torah written on the money one should be stringent if the money is not covered (Nekius V'kovod B'tefilla 12:6). Refer to Oz Nedberu 2:64, 8:49:1. If it is on the floor one should pick it up (Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita). (51) Be'er Moshe kuntres electric 7:111:11:page 169, Shevet Ha'kehusi 1:58, 2:3 Rivevos Ephraim 3:22, Divrei Shalom 4:22:2. Refer to Be'er Moshe 5:16, Tzitz Eliezer 15:7, and Shevet Ha'kehusi 2:3 about walking into a bathroom with a sefer whose words can only be seen with a microscope (52) Igros Moshe Y.D. 2:142, Be'er Moshe 7:108:4. (53) Refer to Igros Moshe Y.D. 2:76, Be'er Moshe 3:183, 8:127, Oz Nedberu 2:64, Teshuvos V'hanhugos 2:466, Ginzei Hakodesh 8:footnote 14, see 8:9. (54) Refer to Tzitz Eliezer 11:5, Ginzei Hakodesh 8:footnote 16 quoting the opinion of Horav Elyashiv Shlita and others. (55) Horav Yisroel Belsky Shlita, see Aruch Ha'shulchan Y.D. 282:10, Vayivorech Dovid 1:15. (56) Poskim. Refer to Halichos Shlomo Tefilla 20:footnote 36, Orchos Rabbeinu 3:41:page 161 in regard to bringing the Rambam's sefer refuah into the bathroom.
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