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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152. A Misshapen Letter
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24:5 If there is a doubt about whather a letter is not the proper shape, it should be shown to a child of average intellect. (He should be able to read but not savvy enough to look in the Torah and infer what it is supposed to say – Mishnah Brurah 32:49-50.) If he reads […]
151. More Types of Errors
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24:3 If two letters are found joined together, if it seems that they became joined after the section was written, the sefer Torah may be used so long as the shape of the letters was not changed. If the letters appear to have been joined when the section was being written, different procedures apply. If […]
150. An Error in a Sefer Torah
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24:1 If we find a serious error in a Torah that’s the fault of the sofer (scribe), we may not read from that Torah and must take out another. Such errors from a sofer include: an extra letter; a missing letter; letters substituted in such a way that it affects pronunciation, such writing “tumim” (as […]
149. When There’s No Torah
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23:29 If there is no Torah present, one congregant should read the appropriate portion aloud from a chumash (without brachos – Mishnah Brurah 143:9). Everyone is shul should pay attention so that Torah reading should not be neglected. 23:30 If ten people are praying and they don’t have a Torah to read from, one should […]
148. Y’hi Ratzon
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23:27 On Mondays and Thursdays, after the Torah has been raised, the shaliach tzibbur says the prayer “Y’hi ratzon…” (He need not wait until the Torah is finished being rolled – Mishnah Brurah 147:22.) The congregation should listen and respond with “Amen.” On days when Tachanun is not said, the “Y’hi ratzo” is also not […]
147. Lifting the Torah
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23:25 After the Torah is read, half-Kaddish is recited and the Torah is raised. The one lifting the Torah should open it so that three columns of text are visible. (Some feel this means specifically three columns but the Mishnah Brurah says that if one is strong enough, he should display more – MB 134:8.) […]
146. Too Short an Aliyah
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23:23 If the baal korei read one only two verses and the oleh said the concluding bracha, the reading must be repeated with both the blessing before and after. Since the oleh said the concluding blessing, he must start again from Barchu. (If the concluding bracha has not yet been recited, the baal korei can […]
145. Starting and Ending an Aliyah
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23:21 Similarly, the baal korei should not start an aliyah within fewer than three verses from the start of a section. Therefore, the preceding aliyah, should not be concluded within fewer than three verses from the start of section. 23:22 The baal korei should endeavor to start and end the reading with subjects that have […]
144. The Number of Verses per Aliyah
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23:19 Each aliyah must consist of at least three verses. On Mondays, Thursdays and Shabbos afternoons, we need to read a total of at least ten verses, the third aliyah containing four verses. After the fact, if only nine verses were read, three for each oleh, the obligation has been fulfilled. (Though we should then […]
143. Being Shown the Wrong Place
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23:17 Our practice is to give aliyos to blind people. Even though the Torah may not be recited by heart, the baal korei nowadays does the reading for the oleh, so it is permitted. We also do not check whether a person is learned or unlearned; we simply assume that he can follow the baal […]