From the Rav’s Desk: Saying a blessing if one needs to use the bathroom

  1. Question: [Sunday, 20th Iyar, 5781]

Is it permitted for one to say a blessing if he feels the urge to use the bathroom?


No. One who feels the urge to use the bathroom is prohibited from saying a blessing.

Explanation: Although the main discussion in the Poskim is regarding the prohibition against praying if one feels the urge to use the bathroom, nonetheless, we also find in the Poskim a restriction against saying blessings if one feels the urge to use the bathroom, and in fact this is the reason why we don’t say a blessing right away when we wash hands in the morning next to the bed and rather wash our hands a second time after leaving the bathroom, this time with a blessing. This is learnt from the verse “My innards will bless G-d”, thus implying that one needs to empty his innards of feces and urine prior to saying a blessing.

Sources: See Admur 6:1 “It is forbidden to recite a blessing if one feels the urge to use the bathroom.”; Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 2:7, brought in Ketzos Hashulchan 2:9

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