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May one say Asher Yatzar facing a bathroom if the door is open?

Question:

May one say Asher Yatzar facing a bathroom if the door of the bathroom is open and you can see in?

 

Answer:

Thank you for your question.

There are different opinions about this. According to R’ Moshe Feinstein zt”l it is permitted, however he says that it is preferable that a shul be built in a way that those davening won’t see inside the bathroom while they daven. Others say that one should preferable not say a bracha when he can see inside, and if the person closes his eyes when saying the bracha it is permitted.

Sources:

Igros Moshe Y:D 1-114, Vzos Habracha chap. 16-8 quoting R’ Eliyashiv and R’ M. Eliyahu zt”l, also see ftnt. 2.

 

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