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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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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56. Sanctity of the Tefillin

November 23, 2011, by

10:18 An object may be elevated in terms of its sanctity but it may not be lowered. Since the tefillin of the head have a higher degree of sanctity than those of the arm (because it has four chambers, as well as the Hebrew letter shin embossed upon it), a strap once used for the […]

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55. Paying Attention to the Tefillin

November 22, 2011, by

10:16 The entire time one is wearing tefillin, he should not let his thoughts stray from them except while he is saying the Shemoneh Esrei and if he studies Torah while wearing his tefillin. (The Mishnah Brurah defines letting one’s thoughts stray as engaging in conversation while wearing tefillin – MB 44:3.) It is forbidden […]

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54. The Black and White Sides of the Straps

November 21, 2011, by

10:14 A person should be careful that his tefillin straps have their black sides facing out. If the strap around one’s head or arm gets turned white side out, he should fast or give charity. (We are speaking of the strap around the head and the first wrapping that holds the box to the arm, […]

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53. Left-Handed and Ambidextrous People

November 20, 2011, by

10:12 A left-handed person puts tefillin on his right arm, which is the weaker arm. If a person does all of his work with one hand but he writes with the other, the arm with which he writes is considered his strong arm and he puts the tefillin on the other one. An ambidextrous person […]

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