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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41. Blessing on the Tzitzis

November 8, 2011, by

9:9 One only says the blessing over tzitzis when worn by day, not by night. (The Chofetz Chaim clarifies that for this purpose, twilight is still considered daytime – see MB 18:7.) One must be careful not to recite the blessing on his tzitzis until it light enough outside so that a person can distinguish […]

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40. Putting on the Tallis

November 6, 2011, by

9:7 Before wrapping oneself in the tallis, a person should examine the tzitzis in order to ensure that they are in order. However, if examining the threads will cause him to fall behind the minyan to the point that he will not be davening with the congregation, then he need not take the time to […]

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39. Tying the Tzitzis Strings

November 5, 2011, by

9:5 When tying the strings, the practice is to make five double knots with four spaces between them. One puts four strings through the hole, then ties two knots. He then wraps the longest string around the rest seven times, followed by another two knots. It is wrapped around eight times followed by two knots, […]

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38. The Holes of the Tzitzis

November 4, 2011, by

9:3 The hole through which the strings are inserted should be no farther from the edge of the garment than three times the width of a thumb. The stringent opinion, which it is recommended to follow, measures the width of the knuckle, which is the widest part. (A thumb-width, called an agudal in Hebrew, is […]

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37. The Mitzvah of Tzitzis

November 3, 2011, by

9:1 The mitzvah of wearing tzitzis is very great because many other mitzvos depend upon it. The Torah tells us (Numbers 15:39) that when we look at the tzitzis, we will be reminded of God’s commandments so that we may perform them. The 613 mitzvos are alluded to by the numerical value of the word […]

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36. Going Visiting Before Shul

November 2, 2011, by

8:5 One may not go visiting before praying, even to pop in on a neighbor just to say good morning. The Book of Isaiah (2:22) says to withdraw from other people because what is man? The meaning of this is how can we go out of our way to honor mere humans when we’re heading […]

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35. Eating Before Dawn

November 1, 2011, by

8:3 Some authorities are of the opinion that if a person wakes up at midnight that he may not eat. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch advises following the stringent opinion in this matter unless a person physically needs to strengthen himself in order to function. The Mishnah Brurah (89:28) cites the Pri Megadim that this rule […]

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34. Eating Before Prayer

October 31, 2011, by

8:1 If one prayed when the day breaks, which is when the first light of the sun can be seen in the East, he has fulfilled his obligation. Therefore, this is considered the start of the time for prayer and a person may not begin any work, conduct his business or start on a journey […]

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33. More about the Blessings on Torah Study

October 30, 2011, by

7:7 If one did not say the blessings over Torah study before the morning prayer service (Shacharis), there is a difference of opinion as to whether or not they should then be recited. Some authorities feel that, since the blessing of Ahava Rabbah (or Ahavas Olam) recited before Shema includes the theme of Torah study, […]

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32. More about Morning Blessings

October 29, 2011, by

7:5 If a person stayed up all night, he recites all the morning blessings except for the bracha on washing his hands. Since there is a doubt as to whether or not he should recite certain blessings – including “Elokai neshama” (“my God, the soul…”), “hama’avir sheina” (that God removes sleep from our eyes), and […]

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