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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1,249. When Someone Dies
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194:4 When a person is on the verge of dying, we are not allowed to leave him so that he shouldn’t be alone when his soul departs. This is because a soul is confused when it leaves the body. It is a mitzvah to stand by a person when his soul departs as per Psalms […]
1,248. Touching a Goseis
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194:2 Even though we are not allowed to touch a goseis (dying person), if a fire breaks out, he may not be left in the building. Not only do we take him out, saving him takes priority over saving holy books. 194:3 A person standing by the goseis should watch him to ensure that he […]
1,247. A Goseis
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193:14 The abbreviated form of the confession is: I acknowledge before You, Hashem my G-d and the G-d of my fathers, that my recovery is in Your hands and my death is in Your hands. May it be Your will to heal me completely. If I should die, may my death atone for all the […]
1,246. Death-Bed Confession
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193:12 We also visit non-Jews who are sick in order to promote peaceful relations. 193:13 In the Sifri, Rabbi Nasan expounds Numbers 5:6-7 – “the soul who is guilty shall confess” – that all who are about to die should recite the confession (vidui). The Mishna tells us that all who confess have a share […]
1,245. Visiting the Sick vs. Comforting Mourners
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193:10 We don’t visit someone who is sick with intestinal distress because it’s embarrassing for them. We also don’t visit someone whose eyes or head hurt. Similarly, if a person has gotten so sick that speaking is difficult, we don’t visit him personally. Rather, we stay in an outer room and inquire about the patient […]
1,244. A Sick Person Who Becomes a Mourner
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193:8 If a dangerously-ill person wants to perform an act to verify his desire to transfer property (“kabbalas kinyan”), one may accept it from him even on Shabbos. Similarly, if the patient wants to send for his relatives, it is permitted to hire a non-Jew on Shabbos to go get them. 193:9 If the patient […]
1,243. Distributing One’s Wealth
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193:6 The patient should not give away his property, not even to charity, as this would disinherit his heirs. One who does this displeases G-d, even if the patient’s heirs don’t treat him properly. However, if he leaves a sufficient amount to his heirs, then it is permitted. The pious will not sign as witness […]
1,242. Praying for the Sick
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193:4 When praying for the patient, if one is doing so in his presence, he may do so in any language as he is asking in front of G-d’s “presence” which, as we have said, is near the patient. However, when praying not in the patient’s presence, one should do so in Hebrew for the […]
1,241. How to Visit the Sick
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193:2 If the patient is lying on the ground, the visitor may not sit on a chair that is higher than him since G-d’s “presence” is above the patient’s head as per Psalms 41:4, “G-d strengthens him on his sick bed.” However, if the patient is lying in bed, the visitor may sit on a […]
1,240. Visiting the Sick
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192:10 If one person has medication and a sick person requires it, it is prohibited to raise the price above the going rate. 193:1 When a person is sick, there is a mitzvah to visit him. We see that G-d Himself visited the sick in Genesis 18:1, “Hashem appeared to him in Elonei Mamre,” teaching […]