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.

Sign up for HaShoneh Halachos E-Mails:

No Results Found.

158. Aleinu
by in
25:5 One should try to recite the Kedusha of Uva l’Tziyon with the congregation. If someone arrives in shul while the congregation is saying it, he should say it together with them before he says his own prayers. (Shaar HaTziyon 132:3 says that such is not our practice.) This Kedusha may be recited before the […]
157. U’va l’Tziyon
by in
25:3 We say the Kedusha in U’va l’Tziyon with its Aramaic paraphrase. We must take care to recite this with proper concentration, though the Aramaic paraphrase should be recited quietly. (When praying alone, it’s okay to say it out loud – Mishnah Brurah 132:4.) 25:4 One may not leave shul before the Kedusha in U’va […]
156. Ashrei and Lamnatzeiach
by in
25:1 We must pay careful attention when reciting the verses of Ashrei and Psalm 145, especially to the verse “posei’ach es Yadescha,” that God opens His (metaphorical) hand. 25:2 After Ashrei, we recite Lamnatzeiach (Psalm 20) except on Rosh Chodesh, Chanukah, Purim (including Shushan Purim), 14 Adar I and 15 Adar I in a leap […]
155. Torn Stitches, Wax Drippings
by in
24:11 If the stitches between two sections of parchment tear, if the major part is still sewn together, we may read from the Torah. If not, another Torah must be taken out for use. If there is no other Torah and the tear is in the book that we need to read from, we may […]
154. When There’s No Second Torah
by in
24:9 If a disqualifying defect is found in a sefer Torah scroll and no other is available, the requisite number of aliyos should be completed from the defective scroll but without blessings. (If the one in whose aliyah the defect was found has not said his concluding bracha, he should stand at the bimah for […]
153. Taking Out a Second Torah
by in
24:7 If a disqualifying defect requires that another Torah be taken out to be read, if the defect is discovered between aliyos, we resume reading from the place where we stopped and we complete the remaining number of aliyos. Those who already read from the defective Torah are counted among the suitable aliyos. If this […]
152. A Misshapen Letter
by in
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
by in
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
by in
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
by in
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 […]