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Is there a Jewish prayer that should be recited after using the toilet?

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Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner

Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner

Question: Is there a Jewish prayer that should be recited after using the toilet?

Dear Rabbi Lerner,
I was told there is a Jewish prayer that should be recited after using the toilet. What is that prayer?
Thank you, Marilyn

Answer: Dear Marilyn,

In Jewish law and practice, in the morning after awakening and thanking God for our return to life, most often people will go to the bathroom after an evening's sleep. As one leaves the bathroom, there is a prayer that is recited and it can be found in the early morning blessings. It is called Asher Yatzar. The prayer thanks God for creating us with such wonder.

If you send me the name of your siddur, I perhaps can give you the page. More likely, ask your Rabbi for the location of Asher Yatzar in your congregational siddur.

Best wishes,
Rabbi Dov

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