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19. The Cleanliness of Where We Pray
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5:7 Excrement that has dried up to the point that it crumbles apart is considered like dirt (so long as it has also lost its offensive smell). If it is frozen from the cold, it is still treated as excrement since it will return to its previous state when thawed. Excrement covered by snow is […]
18. Foul Smells
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5:5 People with very small children expect a certain amount of bodily waste in their daily lives. For the purpose of these halachos, the waste of a toddler or baby who is old enough to eat food is exactly the same as an adult’s. There is room to be lenient with an infant who is […]
17. Prayer in an Unclean Place
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5:3 As we mentioned in 4:5, one would not be permitted to recite blessings or study Torah if he has excrement on any part of his body, even if it is covered by his clothes. While there are some authorities who may rule leniently in this matter, the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch urges erring on the […]
16. Disposing of Waste
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5:1 The Torah commands Jewish troops to bury their excrement based on the understanding that God is always in our midst (Deuteronomy 23:14-15). The upshot of this is that anyplace we intend to serve God, such as through prayer and study, must be equally clean of such waste matter. (See Talmud Brachos 25a-b.) 5:2 One […]
15. Asher Yatzar
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4:5 A person should be careful to clean himself thoroughly after using the rest room since he would not be permitted to say anything holy, such as blessings, if he has even a small amount of excrement on him. The practice is to clean oneself using the weaker hand; this is because a man uses […]
14. Torah Thoughts
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4:3 A person shouldn’t strain while taking care of their bathroom needs because doing so can cause one to injure himself. A person shouldn’t rush; rather, one should take the time to ensure that he’s taken care of his needs. A man should not hold himself in a way that is sexually stimulating. 4:4 One […]
13. Bathroom Habits
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4:1 A person should accustom himself to take care of his bathroom needs every morning and evening so that he should remain mentally alert and physically clean. If a person is unable, he should walk a small distance and try again. One who neglects to attend to his bodily needs is in violation of the […]
12. Walking
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3:7 One is not meant to walk in a haughty fashion, for example with one’s neck stuck out. This is a behavior criticized by God through the prophet Isaiah: “And they walk with outstretched necks…” (Isaiah 3:16.) The Mishnah Brurah tells us that this is prohibited even standing in place (2:9). On the other hand, […]