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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997. Purim Morning

June 10, 2014, by

141:21 If a person’s close relative died on the fast of Esther, he would be an onen on Purim night before the burial. He should hear the Megillah read by another, and he should not eat meat or drink wine because one is not obligated in the Purim meal at night. On Purim day, after […]

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996. Mourning on Purim

June 10, 2014, by

141:19 If a congregation does not have a Megillah that is completely kosher, but it is written according to halacha and is only missing some words in the middle, since there is no one topic missing in its entirety, one may read from it with the brachos. The reader then inserts the missing words from […]

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995. Handling the Megillah on Shabbos

June 10, 2014, by

141:17 On a Shabbos that is not Purim, we are permitted to handle a Megillah. However, if Purim falls on Sunday, we may not bring the Megillah to shul on Shabbos, even in a city with an eiruv, because this is constitutes preparing on Shabbos for a weekday. 141:18 If a congregation does not have […]

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994. Reading the Megillah from a Book

June 10, 2014, by

141:15 If a person has a non-kosher Megillah or the text of the Megillah in a printed book, he should not read aloud along with the reader because he will not be able to concentrate on hearing the words. Even if he is able to concentrate, there may be another person who hears what he […]

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993. Listening to the Reader

June 6, 2014, by

141:13 The one reading the Megillah must have the intention to include all those listening. The listener must likewise intend to fulfill his obligation, and he must listen to each and every word. If he misses even one word, he has not fulfilled his obligation. The one reading must therefore be very careful that when […]

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992. The Brachos on the Megillah

June 6, 2014, by

141:11 The one who reads the Megillah recites three brachos beforehand, both by day and by night. He recites “al mikra megillah” (that G-d commanded us regarding reading the Megillah), “she’asa nissim” (that G-d performed miracles for our ancestors), and “shehechiyanu,” (that G-d sustained us to reach this occasion). After reading the Megillah, he rolls […]

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991. How and Where to Read the Megillah

June 6, 2014, by

141:9 The best way to fulfill the mitzvah is to hear the reading of the Megillah in shul with a lot of other people as per Proverbs 12:28, “The glory of the King is in a multitude of people.” At the very least, one should make sure to hear the Megillah with a minyan. If […]

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990. Who Must Hear the Megillah?

June 6, 2014, by

141:7 Both men and women are obligated to hear the Megillah read, both at night and during the day. Even single girls should go to shul for this, but If they don’t, someone must read the Megillah for them at home. (It is preferable for a woman to hear the Megillah read by a man […]

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989. Machatzis HaShekel

June 6, 2014, by

141:5 The practice before Purim is to donate half of the monetary unit of one’s time and place (e.g., half a dollar, half a pound, etc.) in memory of the half-shekel that was donated in Adar to purchase animals for the communal sacrifices. The custom is to give three times this half unit (e.g., $1.50) […]

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988. Purim Night

June 2, 2014, by

141:3 The fourteenth of Adar is Purim. If Purim falls on a Sunday, the Fast of Esther is held on the Thursday prior. If there is a bris that day, the meal is held at night but the sandek and the baby’s father may eat during the day(, as may the mohel and the baby’s […]

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