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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1,022. Marrying for Money
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145:7 It is permitted for a man to marry a respectable woman even if he’s doing so for money, provided that the money is being given to him voluntarily. However, if he refrains from marrying until he finds a woman with an amount of money he wants, or if he gets engaged based on the […]
1,021. Is a Woman Obligated to Marry?
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145:5 A woman is not obligated to have children. Nevertheless, it would still be appropriate for her to get married. 145:6 Every Jewish man should try to marry a proper woman from a respectable family. A Jew should have three characteristics: humility, mercy and kindliness. One who does not have these traits isn’t worth marrying.
1,020. Remarrying
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145:3 Even if one has fulfilled his obligation to procreate, he is not permitted to remain without a wife. He should marry a woman who already has children if he can but if he knows that he can no longer father children, it’s better for him to marry a woman without children. Similarly, if he […]
1,019. The Obligation to Marry and Have Children
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145:1 A man is obligated to get married in order to fulfill the mitzvah to have children. A man becomes obligated in this mitzvah at the age of 18. He should not pass his 20th year without a wife unless he occupies himself diligently with Torah study and is concerned that if he marries, it […]
1,018. Honoring a Kohein
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144:8 If a kohein and a Yisrael are equal in their Torah knowledge, it’s a mitzvah to give precedence to the kohein, as per Leviticus 21:8, “he shall be holy to you.” The Sages explained this to mean that for holy matters, the kohein is the one designated. This includes being called first to the […]
1,017. Who is a Torah Scholar?
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144:6 A person is considered to be a Torah scholar by his contemporaries if he knows how to conduct business according to the Torah, he is largely familiar with the Oral Law and later authorities, the Torah is his occupation – even if he has a little business on the side in order to earn […]
1,016. Despising Torah Scholars
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144:4 It is a great sin to denigrate or despise Torah scholars. Jerusalem wasn’t destroyed until they despised the Sages as per II Chronicles 36:16, “They mocked the messengers of G-d, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets,” meaning that they despised those who teach His words. Similarly, Leviticus 26:15, “If you despise My […]
1,015. Honoring Torah Scholars
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144:2 Leviticus 19:32 says, “You shall rise before the white head and honor the face of the elder.” “Elder” is understood to mean a Torah scholar as per Numbers 11:16, “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel,” and there we see that they must certainly be wise men as the verse continues, […]
1,014. Honoring One’s Teacher
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143:22 A convert is not allowed to curse his non-Jewish father, nor to treat him contemptibly, so that people won’t say that converting made him a worse person. Rather, he must treat him with a degree of honor. 144:1 A person is obligated to honor his rebbe and to defer to him even more than […]
1,013. The Best Form of Honor
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143:20 A person is obligated to honor his older brother, whether he’s a brother on his father’s side or his mother’s side. A person must likewise honor his father-in-law and mother-in-law as we see from King David, who honored King Saul when he was his father-in-law, calling him “my father” (I Samuel 24:11). One is […]