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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1,235. 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, […]
1,229. Must One Load and Unload for a Non-Jew?
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189:3 The obligation to unload must be done for free but loading is only obligatory if the animal’s owner is willing to pay for the service. The same is true for walking with the owner in case he is needed: this is only if the owner is willing to pay. 189:4 When it comes to […]
1,228. Loading and Unloading Animals
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189:1 If one person encounters another and the other’s animal is lying down under its load, whether the load was appropriate for it or whether the load was too much for it, there is an obligation to help the owner unload the animal as per Exodus 23:5, “You shall surely help him do it.” After […]
1,227. Returning the Deposit
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188:4 The one holding a deposit is not permitted to entrust it to others, even if they are upright people and even more reliable than he is. If the depositor is also in the habit of depositing such things with them, then it is permitted. 188:5 When returning the deposit, one may not return it […]
1,226. Using a Deposited Item
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188:2 If a person deposits an object with his fellow, the one holding it is not permitted to use the object for his own needs, even if the item will not be ruined by this use. Doing so would be like borrowing something without the owner’s knowledge, and one who borrows without the owner’s knowledge […]