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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
TAGS:bathroom  bracha  brocha
Halacha - Answering Amen when in the bathroom
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Can one answer amen to a bracha while in a bathroom if one is fully dressed? It is very common to hear people read the Asher Yatzar out loud. If someone is brushing their teeth or drying their hands, can they respond? Would it matter that the toilet is covered and flushed?

Generally speaking one may not answer Amen in a bathroom. the Rema OC 84:1 rules that Amen may not be said in response to any Beracha in a bathroom. However, in 83:4 provision is made that a bathroom that is intrinsically clean is not subject to the general restrictions on a typical bathroom. Presumably most bathrooms today meet the description of the Gemara and Shulchan Aruch. However, many Poskim debate whether this is necessarily so, and it is recommended to refrain.

posted:2012-02-27 14:12:20

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