HaShoneh Halachos emails include two halachos per day, seven days a week (emails for Shabbos and Yom Tov are sent in advance). Material is based upon the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, with occasional elucidation from the Mishnah Brurah abd other sources. The text is not a direct translation but a paraphrase into easy-to-read, conversational English.

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1,041. More Sheva Brachos Scenarios

July 22, 2014, by

149:6 If a person invites the couple for a meal and he designates a room where they can be alone together alone and rejoice, this is considered like the chuppah and they recite sheva brachos. If not, then they don’t even recite “asher bara” and “she’hasimcha b’m’ono.” 149:7 If those who attended the wedding later […]

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1,040. A Second Marriage for Both

July 22, 2014, by

149:4 If a widower married a widow and they had the first meal on the day of the wedding, they recite sheva brachos as described in 149:1 even if the meal isn’t finished until the night. However, if they didn’t eat until the night, and if there are friends joining in order to make them […]

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1,039. New Faces for Sheva Brachos

July 22, 2014, by

149:2 If a bachelor married a virgin (i.e., a woman who was never before married) or a widow, or if a widower married a virgin, they still recite sheva brachos¬†at the wedding meal, even if they didn’t eat during the day of the wedding, just in the night that’s after the wedding day – or […]

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1,038. Bentching at a Wedding

July 22, 2014, by

148:4 An “acquisition” may not be made on Shabbos, so if a marriage is held on Friday, they must be very careful that the seclusion (yichud) is done before Shabbos. Therefore, so long as the yichud was done in the daytime, they may have their first marital relations on Shabbos, whether she is a virgin […]

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1,037. Chuppas Niddah

July 21, 2014, by

148:2 A virgin is married through seclusion (yichud) even if she is not able to have relations, such as if she is menstruating, or if people are entering and exiting the room. If she is menstruating, then it is required that people come and go because otherwise it would be forbidden for the groom to […]

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1,036. The Yichud Room

July 21, 2014, by

147:5 They lead the groom under the chuppah – again, that’s the canopy suspended on poles – and, with him facing east, the shaliach tzibbur sings whatever is appropriate according to the local practice. The bride’s attendants lead her in. The groomsmen and other notable people walk to greet the bride and, as they draw […]

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1,035. The Chuppah

July 21, 2014, by

147:3 The custom when a virgin gets married is for the important people of the city to spread the veil over her head and to bless her, saying, “Our sister, may you be the mother of thousands and ten of thousands.” After this, we spread a canopy over poles and the couple publicly enter it […]

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1,034. Marrying Under the Stars

July 21, 2014, by

147:1 It is customary to hold the wedding ceremony under the sky as a sign of blessing, that the couple’s offspring should be as numerous as the stars in the sky. Similarly, it is customary to get married when the moon is waxing as a symbol of good things. 147:2 It is proper not to […]

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1,033. Pre-Wedding Repentance

July 11, 2014, by

146:3 On the days when the bride and groom don’t fast, they must be careful not to have too much food or drink. They should certainly avoid alcohol because some authorities say that the reason they fast is out of concern that they may become intoxicated and not have full control of their faculties. 146:4 […]

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1,032. Fasting Before the Wedding

July 11, 2014, by

146:1 The practice is for a groom and bride (even a widower and a widow – Mishnah Brurah 573:8) to fast on their wedding day because on this day they are forgiven for their sins. At mincha, they say “Aneinu” as on other fasts. (If they already drank from the cup at the chupah, they […]

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