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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112. Mashiv HaRuach
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19:1 In the winter months, we say “mashiv haruach u’morid hageshem,” that God causes the wind to blow and the rain to fall, in the second blessing of Shemoneh Esrei. This insertion begins with the musaf prayer on Shemini Atzeres. Before Shemoneh Esrei, the gabbai should announce to insert mashiv haruach; if he does not, […]
111. Davening Under the Influence
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18:21 One may not walk within four cubits (six feet) of a person who is saying Shemoneh Esrei. If one has finished saying his own Shemoneh Esrei and someone else is still davening behind him, he should not step back until the second person finishes, as this is tantamount to walking in front of him. […]
110. If the Seated Person was There First
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18:19 If a person is sitting near someone who is saying Shemoneh Esrei because he is physically weak, he should not be rebuked. 18:20 If a person was already seated and someone else came along and started saying Shemoneh Esrei to the side of or in front of him, the seated person need not stand […]
109. Sitting Near Someone Who is Davening
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18:17 If one has to pass wind while saying Shemoneh Esrei, the procedure differs depending on where he is. If he is praying at home, he steps four cubits (about six feet) back or to the side to let it out. He then waits until the odor dissipates and returns to his place. He then […]
108. Interrupting During “Elokai, N’tzur L’shoni”
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18:15 When reciting the prayer “Elokai, n’tzur l’shoni” (“God, guard my tongue”) at the end of Shemoneh Esrei, one may interrupt in order to reply to certain prayers, following the same parameters as interrupting between the sections of Shema and its blessings (refer back to 16:3). However, if at all possible, one should first recite […]
107. Communicating During Shemoneh Esrei
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18:13 When one takes his three steps back at the end of Shemoneh Esrei, he continues to stand with his feet together. One should not turn to face the west (namely, facing the congregation – MB 123:12) or return to his place until the shaliach tzibbur has reached Kedusha. (If the one praying takes longer […]
106. Bowing in Shemoneh Esrei
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18:11 The knees are bent and we bow four times in the Shemoneh Esrei: at the beginning and the end of the first blessing, and at the beginning and the end of the bracha “Modim.” When saying “Baruch,” one bends the knees and when saying “Atah,” he bows until his vertebrae protrude. We slowly return […]
105. Which Way to Face
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18:9 One should try not to belch or yawn during Shemoneh Esrei. If it is unavoidable, cover your mouth. One may also not spit; if drool is coming out of one’s mouth and it’s distracting, he may wipe it away with a handkerchief. If this is not possible, he can lean to the left and […]
104. Where to Stand
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18:7 A person should not support himself on anything while saying Shemoneh Esrei, not a little bit. If one is sick – even if not seriously ill – he may pray seated or lying down (on his side – OC 94:6), so long as he can focus his attention. If one cannot pray verbally, he […]
103. Our Position During Prayer
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18:5 During Shemoneh Esrei, we stand with our feet together as if they were a single leg as per the description of angels in Ezekiel 1:7, “their legs were like a straight (single) leg.” One should bow his head slightly close his eyes, so as not to glance around the room. If praying from a […]