Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Shevet HaKehosi - Dollar Bills In the Bathroom?

It is not permissible to brings something with Hashem's name into a bathroom unless it is inside a double wrapped enclosure. What about a US dollar bill which says, "In G-d We Trust"? Must you leave your money outside or double bag it?

The Shevet HaKehosi (3:271) brings the Shach (YD 179:11) who says that you may erase Hashem's name if it is written in another language, such as the word G-d. The Gilyon Maharshas adds that this is not the case if it is written in Ksav Ashuris. The Sdei Chemed says it is a machlokes whether we can erase Hashem's name written in foreign letters.

Even those who hold that erasing Hashem's name written in foreign letters is assur, it is only if it spells Hashem's name in Lashon HaKodesh and not the foreign word for it. If it is a foreign term in foreign letters than according to most poskim it is muttar to erase. The exception is Rav Yaakov Emden who forbids even this. However the source for Rav Yaakov Emden's issur is unclear and the Keses Sofer says that he may have meant only unnecessarily.

Furthermore says the Shevet HaKehosi the dollar bills are not written by anyone with any kavana for Shem Hashem, it is merely printed by a machine. Therefore he concludes that it has no Kedusha and may be taken into a bathroom, but if someone wants to be machmir, Tavo Alav Bracha.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.