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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1,310. May a Kohein Visit a Tzaddik’s Grave?
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202:14 There are simple kohanim who are in the practice of visiting the graves of the righteous based on the idea that the graves of the righteous don’t impart ritual impurity. This is a mistaken practice on their part and one should try to stop them from doing this. 202:15 Just as a kohein is […]
1,309. When a Kohein May Not Impurify Himself
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202:12 If a kohein’s relative separated himself from Judaism, the kohein does not render himself impure for him, nor does he do so for one who committed suicide. Anyone for whom one would not observe aveilus (mourning), a kohein likewise does not render himself impure. (This halacha does not take into account various mitigating circumstances. […]
1,308. For Whom May a Kohein Become Impure?
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202:10 Some authorities say that a non-Jewish corpse also imparts ritual impurity under a canopy. One must take appropriate precautions according to this position and not walk on a non-Jew’s grave. This is all the more the case if there is reason to suspect that an apostate Jew may be buried there since an apostate […]
1,307. A Sleeping Kohein
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202:8 A kohein is not permitted to approach within four cubits (about six feet) of a dead person or a grave. This refers to when the deceased is lying in his final resting place; if he’s on the bier that they use to transport him while saying Tzidduk HaDin, even during one of the stops, […]
1,306. Doors and Windows
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202:6 We have a received tradition from Moshe at Sinai regarding the door that will be used to remove the deceased from the house where he lies. Through this removal, the house will become clean. This is because, even though this door is closed, it’s considered as if it were open. Therefore, a kohein is […]
1,305. An Overhanging Roof
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202:4 The halacha discussed in 202:3 is true even if the roofs of the adjacent houses are not level, one being higher than the other. Even if the roof of the house where the impurity resides is much higher than that of the other house, or vice-versa, we have a received tradition from Moshe at […]
1,304. A Building with a Body in It
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202:2 A kohein is not allowed to enter a building that has a dead person inside it. This is true even if it’s very large, and even if the deceased and the kohein are in separate rooms if the wall separating them has an opening of a handbreadth by a handbreadth. This is because an […]
1,303. A Kohein
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201:7 If a child of one or two years of age was converted (to another faith) with his father or mother and then died, aveilus is not observed for him. 202:1 A kohein (Jewish “priest,” a descendant of Aaron) is commanded not to defile himself through contact with the dead. This includes even a fetus […]
1,302. Those Who Were Executed
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201:5 If a person was executed by order of the government or in some other situation, the relatives mourn for him even if he was an apostate. This is because, since he was killed by the hand of man and not through natural causes, it is considered an atonement for him. 201:6 If a person […]
1,301. Mitigating Factors
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201:3 If a child committed suicide, he is considered as having done so without understanding. Similarly, if it seems that an adult did so because of conditions like depression or mental illness, he is considered as having acted without understanding. The same is true if one committed suicide under duress, such as to avoid being […]