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There's are a number of halachot Halachot that define how a perosn person should properly respect a sefer torah Sefer Torah and all holy books (sefarimSefarim).<ref>See Taz YD 271 (at the end) and Pitchei Teshuva 282:8 who hold that printed sefarim Sefarim must be treated respectfully just like a hand-written seferSefer.</ref>==Using a sefer Sefer for one’s benefit==# It’s forbidden to use a sefer Sefer for one’s benefit such as to protect oneself from the sun or for privacy, however, to protect another sefer Sefer from the sun is permitted as that’s not done for one’s benefit. <Ref> Kitzur S”A 28:9, Chaye Adam 31:48, Mishna Brurah Berurah 154:31 </ref> # Similarly, it’s permitted to block one’s view of a forbidden sight with a seferSefer. <Ref> Rav Elyashiv in Nekiyut VeKavod BeTefillah pg 100 (quoted in [[Daily Halacha]] Discussion pg 29) </ref># It’s permissible to cover one sefer Sefer (that’s open) with another if one leaves temporarily. <Ref> Sh”t Shelmat Chaim 2:377 (quoted in Piskei Teshuvot 154:23) and Tzeddaka UMishpat (Rabbi Yacov Balvia, 16:27, pg 383); (quoted by Yalkut Yosef (Kriyat Torah pg 324)) is lenient based on the Magan Avraham 154:14 who permits having one sefer Sefer lean on another in order to learn.</ref>==Leaning on a seferSefer==# It’s permitted to place one sefer Sefer on another (propping it up) while learning, however, some are strict in this regard. <Ref> Taz Y”D 282:13 writes that leaning one sefer Sefer on anthor is forbidden as being a great disgrace by using the sefer Sefer as a piece of wood or stone just like leaning one’s elbows on a sefer Sefer Torah is forbidden. Even the Taz agrees if a sefer Sefer was there prior it’s permissible to put another sefer Sefer on it to learn. However, Magan Avraham 154:14 argues that it’s permissible based on the logic of what difference is it whether a sefer Sefer is placed here or there. Kitzur S”A 28:9, Chaye Adam 31:48, Mishna Brurah Berurah 154:31 rule that it’s permissible, however, Yalkut Yosef ([[Kriyat HaTorah]] pg 323) and Rav Mordechai Eliyahu (footnote on Kitzur S”A 28:9) writes that the minhag Minhag is to be strict on this issue. </ref># When there’s a need, it’s permissible to lean on a sefer Sefer for a hard surface to write divrei torahTorah. <Ref> Mishna Brurah Berurah 154:31, Yalkut Yosef ([[Kriyat HaTorah]] pg 323) </ref># It’s forbidden to lean one’s elbows on a seferSefer, however, while learning some are lenient. <Ref> Rama 282:7 writes that one may not place a sefer Sefer on one’s lap and lean one’s elbows on it. Sh”t Shelmat Chaim 2:566 (quoted in Piskei Teshuvot 154:23) is lenient if it’s in middle of one’s learning. </ref>==Leaving objects in a sefer Sefer or on top==# Some say it’s forbidden to leave on one Sefer inside another one to keep one’s place. <Ref> Kitzur S”A 28:9, Aruch HaShulchan Y”D 282:23, Pitchei Teshuva Y”D 282:17 in name of Chamudei Daniel, and Rav Elyashiv in Avnei Yashfei 1:202 write that it’s forbidden to leave one sefer Sefer inside another to keep the place. However, Tzeddaka UMishpat (Rabbi Yacov Balvia, 16:27, pg 383); (quoted by Yalkut Yosef (Kriyat Torah pg 324)) is lenient based on the Magan Avraham 154:14 who permits having one sefer Sefer lean on another in order to learn. </ref># It’s permitted to leave papers with Torah written on them inside a seferSefer. <ref> Aruch HaShulchan Y”D 282:23 writes that one may leave chiddushei torah Torah inside a seferSefer. Similarly, Eliyah Rabba 154:10 and Mishna Brurah Berurah 154:31 write that one may not leave blank paper in a sefer Sefer implying that paper with divrei Torah may be left in a seferSefer.</ref># One shouldn’t leave a piece of paper, pen, or anything similar in a sefer Sefer to guard the object, however if it’s meant as a bookmark, it’s permissible. <Ref> Eliyah Rabba 154:10 writes that one shouldn’t leave a pen inside a seferSefer, however someone who’s copying over text may leave a pen to mark the place where he left. This is also the opinion of the Kaf HaChaim 154:56. Tzeddaka UMishpat (Rabbi Yacov Balvia, 16:27, pg 383); (quoted by Yalkut Yosef Kriyat Torah pg 324 and Piskei Teshuvot 154:23) writes that any use of the sefer Sefer for learning purposes one may be lenient on. [The Magan Avraham 154:14, Chaye Adam 31:48, Kitzur S”A 28:9, and Mishna Brurah Berurah 154:31 write that a pen or paper without divrei Divrei Torah shouldn’t be left in a sefer Sefer but don’t mention the case where it’s meant to be a bookmark.] </ref># One shouldn’t leave a piece of paper, pen, or anything similar on top of a seferSefer. <Ref> Kaf HaChaim 154:53 and Sh”t Igrot Moshe OC 4:72 (quoted in [[Daily Halacha]] Discussion pg 28)</ref>==Positioning a seferSefer==# If a sefer Sefer falls on the floor one should pick it up and kiss it. <ref>Maharil Likutim 80, Eliya Zuta YD 240:7</ref># If a sefer Sefer is upside down one should turn it rightside up and kiss it. <ref>Darkei Moshe YD 282 quoting the Maharil (Likutim 80), Eliya Zuta YD 240:7</ref># Some have the practice of giving precedence to a person [[carrying]] a sefer Sefer to walk through the doorway first.<ref>Maharil Likutim 80, Eliya Zuta YD 240:7</ref>==Sleeping on a seferSefer==# One shouldn’t sleep on top of a seferSefer, however, one doesn’t need to wake up someone sleeping on a sefer Sefer in middle of his learning. <Ref> Orchot Rabbenu vol 3 pg 161 in name of the Chazon Ish, and Rav Nassim Karlitz in Chut Sheni ([[Ribbit]] pg 169) are stringent, while Sh”t Shelmat Chaim 2:539 (quoted in Piskei Teshuvot 154:23) is lenient if it’s in middle of one’s learning. </ref>
==Sitting on or next to holy books==
# It's forbidden to sit on the same seat, bench, or bed that has a sefer Sefer kodesh on it. <ref> S"A 282:7 writes that it's forbidden to sit on a bed that has a Sefer Torah on it. The Rama {{ibid}}. comments that the same prohibition applies to other Sifrei Kodesh. This is accepted by all the achronim. </ref>
==Links==
* [http://www.torahTorah.org/advanced/weekly-halacha/5762/bo.html?print=1 Torah.org]
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