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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1,036. 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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1,031. When Siblings Are Both Getting Married

July 11, 2014, by

145:25 The Sages said that a person should marry off his children close to puberty because if they are left unmarried, they will come to inappropriate behavior and thoughts. Regarding this, Job 5:24 says, “you shall visit your habitation and not sin.” Similarly, the Sages said that if a man sees that his wife isn’t […]

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1,030. Who Not to Marry

July 11, 2014, by

145:23 If a woman was divorced because she behaved in an immodest fashion, it would not be appropriate for a proper man to marry her. 145:24 If a woman is bad-natured, always involved in controversy and not modest like Jewish women should be, then it’s a mitzvah to divorce her even if it’s the first […]

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1,029. An Alleged Affair

July 11, 2014, by

145:21 When it comes to women whom we may not marry, one may not even live in the same street as them. 145:22 If one heard that his wife had been unfaithful, even if the matter is not obvious to him, he must consult with a Torah authority regarding whether he may continue living with […]

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1,028. Other Liaisons

July 11, 2014, by

145:19 If a non-Jewish man has had sexual relations with a Jewish woman and he later converts, he is not permitted to marry her. 145:20 If a man divorced his wife so that his friend could marry her, even if he didn’t specify such a condition to her explicitly, if it’s obvious that he divorced […]

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1,027. Suspected Adulterers

July 11, 2014, by

145:17 If a person was suspected of having an affair with a particular married woman, whose husband divorced her or died, the woman is not permitted to marry the one suspected of being her lover. Just as adultery renders a woman forbidden to her husband, it likewise renders her forbidden to the adulterer. Even if […]

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