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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220. How Much to Give
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34:3 A needy person must be given enough to meet his needs. This applies to a poor person who receives charity in secret; the people of the city must collectively enable him to reach his standard of living from before he became poor. One who goes collecting door-to-door, however, must only be given a small […]
219. Tzedaka (Charity)
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34:1 There is an obligation for Jews to support their needy brethren as we see in Deuteronomy 15:8, “You shall surely open your hand to him.” To turn a poor person away empty-handed violates “Do not close your heart or shut your hand to your needy brother” (Deuteronomy 15:7). Charity is a trait of Abraham’s […]
218. Crossing a River
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33:13 One may not attempt to cross a powerful river if the water reaches above his waist due to the likelihood that one might be carried away by the current. 33:14 One may not speak about punishments to befall another Jew because our words have power. One may likewise not try to frighten a child […]
217. Cutting Down Fruit Trees
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33:11 It is forbidden to cut down a fruit-bearing tree, such as an olive tree that produces a quarter-kav of olives or a date tree that produces a kav of dates. (A kav is a measure of volume in the vicinity of a liter and a half.) However, such trees may be cut down to […]
216. Repulsive Things
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33:9 One may not eat things that are considered repulsive or eat from utensils that are so dirty they are considered repulsive. One should also not eat with dirty hands. All of these are based upon the Biblical injunction against making ourselves disgusting (Leviticus 11:43). Even if one is personally not disgusted by something, his […]
215. Avoiding Danger
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33:7 We should always try to avoid dangerous situations because the Talmud tells us that the rules safeguarding us from danger are more stringent than Torah prohibitions (Chulin 10a). Therefore, one should act even more cautiously when something might be dangerous than when something might be prohibited. For example, one may not walk in a […]
214. Food Under the Bed
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33:5 One should not drink water that has been left out uncovered. 33:6 One may not store any food or beverage under a bed even if it is covered because the spirit of impurity that comes upon people when they sleep. Those who act counter to this should be corrected.
213. Sweat
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33:3 Human sweat is considered harmful except for facial sweat. Therefore, a person should not place food between his clothes and his flesh. One should also not place coins in his mouth because they are handled by many people and have everybody’s germs on them. 33:4 The Talmud in Kesubos (61a) says that when one […]
212. Meat and Fish
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33:1 We do not eat fish with meat, even with poultry, because we have a tradition that it is a harmful combination. Therefore, one should not cook fish and meat together in a small oven unless one of them is covered. In a large oven, however, this is not problematic. 33:2 When a person eats […]
211. Protecting One’s Vision
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PLEASE NOTE: The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch incorporated in his work what was the best available medical data of his day. We are presenting his thoughts on these matters without additional commentary. Please be sure to consult with your rabbi on matters of halacha and with your doctor on matters of health and well-being. 32:26 The […]