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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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 […]
102. Concentrating for Prayer
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18:3 A person who is praying needs to be aware of God’s Presence around him as per Eicha 2:19, “Pour your heart out like water before the Presence (‘face’) of God.” We should rouse our powers of concentration and banish all interfering thoughts until our minds are focused on our prayers. We must realize that […]
101. Preparing Ourselves for Shemoneh Esrei
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18:1 The time for morning prayer – meaning the Shemoneh Esrei – begins at the appearance of the sun as per Psalms 72:5, which says, “They will see You with the sun.” Nevertheless, if one prays after dawn, it is acceptable. The time to say Shemoneh Esrei lasts until one-third of the day. One may […]
100. When Others are Saying Shema
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17:9 Let’s say that circumstances forced a person to stop in the middle of saying Shema – for example, he had to go to the bathroom. If the time he waited was long enough to say all of Shema, when he resumes, he must start again at the beginning. 17:10 If a person who already […]
99. 248 Words
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17:7 Before reciting Shema, while reciting phrase “vahavi’einu” (that God should gather us from the four corners of the world) in the blessing of “Ahava Rabbah,” one should gather his tzitzis together. While saying Shema, he holds them between the forefinger and the middle finger of his left hand opposite the heart. When he reaches […]