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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1,007. Honoring a Parent After Death

June 18, 2014, by

143:8 A person is obligated to honor his parents even after their death. If one mentions them within 12 months of their passing, whether verbally or in writing, he says or writes, “Behold I am their atonement from the grave,” the intention of which is, “Let all the evil that is deserving to come upon […]

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1,006. Standing for Parents

June 18, 2014, by

143:6 Let’s say that someone’s mother asked him to do a certain thing and he complied, and then his father asked him, “Who told you to do this?”  If the son feels that saying it was his mother will make his father angry at her, he should not tell him that she told him to […]

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1,005. Waking One’s Parents

June 18, 2014, by

143:4 If one’s parent was sleeping and the keys to the child’s business were under their pillow, he is not permitted to wake them, even if he will lose a lot of money. However, if the parent will profit by being awoken and not doing so will upset him, then it is a mitzvah to […]

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1,004. What is Honor?

June 18, 2014, by

143:2 What is the deference one must show his parents? One may not stand in their designated places nor sit in their designated seats. One may not contradict them, nor corroborate their words in their presence, not even by saying, “My father’s opinion makes sense.” To what extent must we show them such deference? If […]

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1,003. Honoring Our Parents

June 18, 2014, by

142:10 In a leap year, which has two months of Adar, we do not say Tachanun, (k)Eil erech apayim, or Lamnatzeiach on 14 Adar I and 15 Adar I. Similarly, we do not deliver a eulogy or fast. (Mourning, however, is observed – Mishnah Brurah 697:3.) On 14 Adar I, one should have a slightly […]

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1,002. Shushan Purim

June 12, 2014, by

142:8 One should not perform acts of labor (melacha) on Purim. One who does will never see any benefit from it. It is permitted to perform acts of labor through a non-Jew.  One may go about his business activities; we may also write, even personal correspondence. One may go over his accounts and do anything […]

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1,001. Drinking on Purim – But Not Too Much!

June 12, 2014, by

142:6 The Purim miracle was brought about through wine – Vashti was deposed during a banquet of wine, causing her to be replaced by Esther; Haman’s downfall was likewise brought about through wine – therefore we are obligated to celebrate by drinking wine. The Talmud (Megillah 7b) says that a person is obligated to drink […]

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1,000. The Purim Seudah

June 12, 2014, by

142:4 Women are also obligated to send portions to friends and to give gifts to the poor. The portions of food should be sent from one woman to another, and from one man to another. When it comes to gifts to the poor, a woman may send to a man and vice versa. Some women […]

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999. Matanos L’Evyonim

June 12, 2014, by

142:2 Something is not considered a portion unless it is ready to eat “as is,” without any preparation, like meat or fish that is cooked – not raw – candy, fruit, wine, mead, etc. (A person may send one food item and one beverage – Mishnah Brurah 695:20.) 142:3 Every Jew, even a poor person […]

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998. Mishloach Manos

June 12, 2014, by

141:23 A city that was surrounded by a wall at the time of Joshua reads the Megillah on 15 Adar rather than on 14 Adar. This is not a common practice in our countries. 142:1 Everyone is obligated to send two portions of food to at least one other person as per Esther 9:22, “sending […]

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