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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84. When to Stand
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14:3 From the start of pesukei d’zimrah through the end of prayers, a person should be careful not to touch any part of his body or head that is normally covered. If he needs to clean his nose or ears, he must use a handkerchief. If he touched his nasal mucous or earwax, he must […]
83. Pesukei D’zimrah
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14:1 The section that starts with the prayer Hodu through the end of the Shira is called “pesukei d’zimrah” (“verses of praise”). This section is bookended by two blessings: Baruch She’amar at the beginning and Yishtabach at the end. Once a person has started Baruch She’amar, he may not interrupt this section with speech until […]
82. Eating and Drinking in Shul
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13:4 One may not eat, drink or sleep in a shul or a beis medrash, not even a nap. (Nor may one do his work there – Mishnah Brurah 151:3; the Mishnah Brurah permits one to nap in a beis medrash since they are designed for people to stay in for long periods of time […]
81. Protection from the Elements
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13:2 Before entering a shul or a beis medrash, one should wipe his feet and make sure his clothes are not dirty. When buildings had dirt floors, it was permissible to spit in shul so long as he then immediately rubbed the saliva into the ground with his foot. (One may not spit during the […]
80. A Shul and a Beis Medrash
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12:15 Residents of a city can compel one another to build a shul or a beis medrash and to purchase the necessary books for them. (A minority who want to do this can compel a majority who disagree – Mishnah Brurah 150:1.) In a place where there is no regular minyan, they may likewise impose […]
79. Praying Alone
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12:13 A person who feels weak and has difficulty waiting until after davening in shul to eat may pray earlier at home. He is only allowed to pray earlier at home for this reason; if he’s in shul with a minyan, he is not allowed to go ahead of them on his own. One is […]
78. Running to Shul
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12:11 It is a mitzvah to run to shul, the beis medrash, or to perform other mitzvos based upon such verses as Hosea 6:3 (“Let us run to know God”) and Psalms 119:32 (“I will run the way of Your mitzvos”). Even on Shabbos, when we do not run in general, we may do so […]
77. Where to Pray
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12:9 It is a great mitzvah to daven in a shul or a beis medrash since these are places of holiness. Even when praying alone, without a minyan, it is still preferable to pray in a shul. One who regularly studies Torah in a beis medrash should also daven there with a minyan even if […]
76. Praying with a Minyan
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12:7 One should always try to pray with a minyan, which is considered “an auspicious time” (“eis ratzon”). This is reflected in a number of places in Tanach, including Isaiah 49:8, where God says “’I will answer you at an auspicious time,” i.e., when we pray together as a community. God will not reject the […]
75. Washing the Hands for Prayer
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12:5 Before praying, a person should wash his hands to the wrists. Even though a person already washed upon arising, if he touched any bodily part that is normally sweaty or if he scratched his head, he must wash again before praying. A person on the road (OC 92:4) must travel even four mil ahead […]