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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1,239. Males Doctors Treating Female Patients
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192:8 A doctor is permitted to take blood and to feel the pulse and other places on a woman, even a married woman. This includes even her genitals in a medical fashion, since he is not doing it with lust or affection but in carrying out his professional duties. However, if his own wife is […]
1,238. A Dangerously-Ill Person
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192:6 Some authorities say that anything that is only prohibited for use by rabbinic law is permitted for medicinal purposes even if the patient is not in danger and even in a way that gives him benefit so long as he does not eat or drink the item in question. 192:7 If a sick person […]
1,237.The Obligation to Heal
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192:4 It is a mitzvah for a qualified doctor to heal people; this falls in the category of saving life. If he refrains from doing this, then it is considered shedding blood. This applies even if a sick person has another doctor because the patient may not necessarily merit to be healed by just anyone […]
1,236. Should One Call a Doctor?
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192:2 Rabbi Pinchas bar Chama expounded that one who has a sick person in his house should go to a Torah scholar and ask him to pray for mercy on his behalf as per Proverbs 16:14, “The wrath of a king is like messengers of death but a wise man will pacify it.” We are […]
1,235. Illness
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191:6 It is prohibited for a Jew to have a non-Jew castrate an animal for him. Some authorities even prohibit a Jew to sell an animal to a non-Jew, or even to give it to him in exchange for half the profits, if he knows that the non-Jew will castrate it. This is because non-Jews […]
1,234. Castration
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191:4 We are not allowed to make a bird sit on eggs that are not of its species. This is considered tormenting animals. 191:5 It is prohibited to castrate a human, an animal – either wild or domesticated – or a bird, whether kosher or non-kosher, both in and out of Israel. One who performed […]
1,233. Horses That Cannot Manage Their Load
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191:2 If horses are pulling a wagon and they come to a rough spot or a high hill so that they are not able to continue without help, then one is required to help. This is because of alleviating animal suffering so it makes no difference if the wagon driver is Jewish or non-Jewish. The […]
1,232. Tzaar Baalei Chayim
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190:3 Just as one must guard his body from injury or harm as per Deuteronomy 4:9, “take heed and protect your life well,” so must one protect his possessions against loss or damage. If a person breaks utensils, tears garments, wastes food, throws away money, or ruins anything that could benefit a person, he violates […]
1,231. Building a Fence on One’s Roof
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190:1 There is an obligation for one to make a parapet on his roof as per Exodus 22:8, “build a parapet for your roof.” The height of the parapet must be at least ten handbreadths high and it must be strong enough so that a person can lean against it without falling. This only applies […]
1,230. Leaving a Straggler Behind
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189:5 The Torah says, “When you see the donkey of your enemy lying under its load…” (Exodus 23:5). “Your enemy” does not mean a member of one of the seven Canaanite nations, since they are not included in the obligation to unload and reload; we assist in those cases to alleviate the animal’s suffering. Rather, […]