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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1,293. Respect for the Deceased
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199:15 One may not walk in a cemetery, within four cubits (about six feet) of a dead person, or anywhere in a room where a dead person is, wearing tefillin or tzitzis, as this is considered mocking the dead. If the tefillin or tzitzis are covered, then it is permitted. Similarly, one may not daven […]
1,292. Walking on a Grave
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199:13 If a grave was dug, it should not be left open overnight because it’s a hazard. If no one is available to bury the deceased until the next day, they should fill the grave with dirt. 199:14 We are not allowed to walk on graves because some opinions prohibit us to derive benefit from […]
1,291. Moving the Body
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199:11 We don’t move the deceased from a city that has graves available to another city as it is considered disrespectful to move the deceased from place to place except to move him to Israel from outside Israel, or to move him to a place where his ancestors are buried. Similarly, if the deceased left […]
1,290. After the Burial
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199:9 If the deceased’s son is present in the cemetery, then after the burial, if there is still time remaining in the day, we move at least four cubits (about six feet) from the graves and recite Psalm 49. On a day on which we don’t recite Tachanun, we recite Psalm 16 instead. The son […]
1,289. Not Passing the Shovel
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199:7 The practice when burying the deceased is to be careful not to take the shovel directly from another person’s hand. Rather, one person puts it down and then another person picks it up. 199:8 After placing the deceased in the grave, the bier used to carry him should be turned over three times. This […]
1,288. Graves Not to Juxtapose
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199:5 We don’t place coffins one on top of another unless there is at least six handbreadths of dirt in-between. 199:6 We don’t bury an evil person next to a righteous person as per Psalms 26:9, “Do not gather my soul with sinners.” We should not even bury a thoroughly evil person next to a […]
1,287. The Distance Between Graves
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199:3 We don’t bury the dead next to one another unless the board separating them¬† can stand by itself and is at least six finger-widths thick. When possible, one should act stringently and there should be six handbreadths between one body and the next. However, a person may be buried together with their child or […]
1,286. Burial
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199:1 The method of burial mentioned in the Torah involves placing the deceased directly in the ground. In many places, the practice is to place the deceased in a casket made of lumber. Since it’s impossible that there won’t be some holes in the coffin, this is sufficient. There are places where they bury the […]
1,284. Tzidduk HaDin
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198:13 Upon reaching the cemetery, one who hasn’t seen a grave for 30 days recites the bracha “asher yatzar eschem badin” (“Who formed you in judgment”). Afterwards, he recites the bracha “Atah gibbor” (“You are mighty,” from Shemoneh Esrei) through the words “l’hachayos meisim” (“to revive the dead”). 198:14 Next, the prayer “Tzidduk HaDin” is […]