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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1,351. More About Laundry During Shiva
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211:6 If someone had to sit shiva twice, one right after the other, his clothes may be washed with water only – though not with detergent, soap, etc. – and he may wear them. 211:7 From the conclusion of shiva through the end of shloshim, one is technically permitted to have laundered clothes and linens, […]
1,350. Freshly-Laundered Clothes
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211:4 The mourner is not permitted to wear a freshly-laundered garment during shiva, not even a shirt and not even in honor of Shabbos. Even sheets, blankets and hand towels may not be taken from the clean laundry. However, in honor of Shabbos, one may use freshly-washed tablecloths. 211:5 The mourner may not wash his […]
1,349. Tefillin During Shiva
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211:2 A mourner may not wear tefillin on the first day of shiva, whether this was the day of both the deceased’s death and the burial or the day of the burial alone. If the deceased was buried at night, the mourner may not wear tefillin the next day, and he may wear them the […]
1,348. Sitting on a Chair
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210:9 A mourner is permitted to recite the bracha of shehechiyanu, even during shiva, if a situation calls for it, such as on Chanukah, over a new fruit, etc. 211:1 The entire week of shiva, the mourner is not permitted to sit on a bench, nor on cushions or pillows; he may only sit on […]
1,347. Exchanging Greetings
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210:7 Since the mourner is not permitted to exchange greetings, it goes without saying that he may not engage in laughter. Therefore, the entire week of shiva, the mourner may not hold a child in his arms so that he shouldn’t come to laughter. Similarly, the mourner is not permitted to engage in excessive conversation […]
1,346. Leading the Service
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210:5 A mourner during the week of shiva should not lead the prayer service unless there is no one else available who is able to do so. However, if he is mourning for his father or mother, our practice is for the mourner to lead the service even if there is someone else present who […]
1,345. Davening During Shiva
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210:3 Even if the mourner is a kohein and there is no other kohein in shul, he may not be called for an aliyah. 210:4 During the week of shiva, the mourner does not recite Pitom HaKetores or Maamodos. In Eizeh Mekoman, he does not say the Yehi Ratzons. This section asks G-d to consider […]
1,344. Torah Study During Shiva
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210:1 A mourner is not permitted to study Torah because, as we learn in Psalms 19:9, “The statutes of the Lord are right, causing the heart to rejoice,” and a mourner is forbidden to have joy. This prohibition includes the Books of Torah, Neviim (Prophets) and Kesuvim (Writings), Mishna, Talmud, halacha and aggadah (the non-legal […]
1,343. Marital Relations During Shiva
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209:7 If a mourner is on a journey, he may wear shoes. He should, however, put some dirt in his shoes. Similarly, anywhere he must wear shoes, he may follow this course of action. 209:8 Marital relations are forbidden during shiva, as are hugging and kissing. Other acts that demonstrate the couple’s closeness, such as […]
1,342. Shoes
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209:5 The prohibition against wearing shoes only applies to those made of leather, not to those of cloth, rubber or other materials. This is because, halachically-speaking, the term “shoes” only refers to leather. A wooden shoe covered in leather is prohibited. Even though a mourner is not permitted to wear shoes, he still recites “Who […]