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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66. Oddly-Shaped Entrances

December 2, 2011, by

11:12 A doorway that has a curved arch rather than a horizontal lintel – or one that doesn’t have doorposts at all, just an archway – if it is at least ten hand-breadths high and four hand-breadths wide, it requires a mezuzah. (That’s approximately three feet high by 14 inches wide.) What if there are […]

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65. What Requires a Mezuzah?

December 1, 2011, by

11:10 The minimum dimensions to obligate a house in a mezuzah is four cubits by four cubits. (An amah, or cubit, is about 18 inches, so this would be about six feet by six feet.) If the square footage is sixteen cubits but it’s not at least four cubits by four cubits (such as a […]

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64. Potential Theft of a Mezuzah

November 30, 2011, by

11:8 Some gateways have a small doorway adjacent to the large gate. People regularly pass through this doorway, saving the large gate for infrequent usage. Since there are two discrete entrances, separated by a pillar of at least a hand-breadth in width (around 3.5 inches), each entrance requires its own mezuzah. 11:9 If one has […]

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63. Attaching the Mezuzah

November 29, 2011, by

11:6 Here’s how to affix a mezuzah: first, you roll the parchment from the end to the beginning (that is, from the word “Echad” towards “Shema”). The scroll should be placed in a case, which is then nailed to the doorpost at an angle with the top part pointing inwards. If the doorway is too […]

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62. Connecting Rooms

November 28, 2011, by

11:4 Let us consider the case of two connecting rooms, each of which opens to the outside, but which also have a door between them. How do we determine which side of the door between these two rooms gets the mezuzah since neither way is any more inherently an entrance than the other? In such […]

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61. Placement of the Mezuzah

November 27, 2011, by

11:2 A mezuzah must also be placed on appropriate entrances to courtyards, alleyways, cities and more since the Torah says “and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:20). 11:3 The mezuzah must be placed on the right side of a doorway, “right side” being based upon the direction a person faces when entering the room. A […]

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60. Mezuzah

November 27, 2011, by

10:26 Tefillin are presumed to be fit for use inside and out so long as their boxes are in perfect condition. They need not be opened in order to inspect the parchments but it is appropriate to do so periodically because the possibility exists for them to be ruined by a person’s perspiration. If certain […]

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59. Tefillin on Chol Hamoed

November 26, 2011, by

10:24 If a boy below the age of thirteen knows how to take care of tefillin and can be trusted not sleep or pass wind while wearing them, then his father must buy tefillin for him to wear. The prevalent custom nowadays if for a boy to start wearing tefillin two or three months before […]

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58. A Person Without Tefillin

November 25, 2011, by

10:22 A person who gets to shul late and has no tefillin of his own should wait until after the service to borrow a pair. He should then say the Shema and Shemoneh Esrei wearing tefillin instead of praying with the congregation without tefillin. If he is afraid that he will miss the time by […]

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57. Removing the Tefillin

November 24, 2011, by

10:20 A person removes his tefillin while standing. He first unravels the strap from his hand. (The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch says that he also unwraps two or three of the coils around his arm at this time, but Mishnah Brurah 28:5 seems to disagree with this.). He then removes the tefillin of the head, followed […]

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