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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86. What to Skip

December 22, 2011, by

14:7 If one said the blessings mentioned above (in 14:6) and has already put on his tallis and tefillin, he may skip if necessary to catch up to the minyan for Shemoneh Esrei, even to join the minyan at the blessing of Yotzeir Ohr (before Shema). Time permitting, one should recite Baruch She’amar, Ashrei and […]

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85. Arriving Late to Shul

December 21, 2011, by

14:5 On Shabbos and Yom Tov, Psalm 100 (“Mizmor L’Sodah) is not recited, since this corresponds to the korban todah (thanksgiving offering), which was not offered on Shabbos or holidays. It is likewise not recited on erev Pesach or Chol HaMoed Pesach, since a korban todah was offered with ten loaves of bread, which would […]

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84. When to Stand

December 20, 2011, by

14:3 From the start of pesukei d’zimrah through the end of prayers, a person should be careful not to touch any part of his body or head that is normally covered. If he needs to clean his nose or ears, he must use a handkerchief. If he touched his nasal mucous or earwax, he must […]

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83. Pesukei D’zimrah

December 19, 2011, by

14:1 The section that starts with the prayer Hodu through the end of the Shira is called “pesukei d’zimrah” (“verses of praise”). This section is bookended by two blessings: Baruch She’amar at the beginning and Yishtabach at the end. Once a person has started Baruch She’amar, he may not interrupt this section with speech until […]

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82. Eating and Drinking in Shul

December 18, 2011, by

13:4 One may not eat, drink or sleep in a shul or a beis medrash, not even a nap. (Nor may one do his work there – Mishnah Brurah 151:3; the Mishnah Brurah permits one to nap in a beis medrash since they are designed for people to stay in for long periods of time […]

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81. Protection from the Elements

December 17, 2011, by

13:2 Before entering a shul or a beis medrash, one should wipe his feet and make sure his clothes are not dirty. When buildings had dirt floors, it was permissible to spit in shul so long as he then immediately rubbed the saliva into the ground with his foot. (One may not spit during the […]

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80. A Shul and a Beis Medrash

December 16, 2011, by

12:15 Residents of a city can compel one another to build a shul or a beis medrash and to purchase the necessary books for them. (A minority who want to do this can compel a majority who disagree – Mishnah Brurah 150:1.) In a place where there is no regular minyan, they may likewise impose […]

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79. Praying Alone

December 15, 2011, by

12:13 A person who feels weak and has difficulty waiting until after davening in shul to eat may pray earlier at home. He is only allowed to pray earlier at home for this reason; if he’s in shul with a minyan, he is not allowed to go ahead of them on his own. One is […]

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78. Running to Shul

December 14, 2011, by

12:11 It is a mitzvah to run to shul, the beis medrash, or to perform other mitzvos based upon such verses as Hosea 6:3 (“Let us run to know God”) and Psalms 119:32 (“I will run the way of Your mitzvos”). Even on Shabbos, when we do not run in general, we may do so […]

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77. Where to Pray

December 13, 2011, by

12:9 It is a great mitzvah to daven in a shul or a beis medrash since these are places of holiness. Even when praying alone, without a minyan, it is still preferable to pray in a shul. One who regularly studies Torah in a beis medrash should also daven there with a minyan even if […]

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