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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1,253. “Tearing Kriyah”
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194:12 It is prohibited to handle the deceased on Shabbos, even for the needs of kohanim (who cannot enter if there is a corpse in the building) or for the needs of a mitzvah. The deceased may be moved by a non-Jew on Shabbos if the relatives so desire. 195:1 If a person lost a […]
1,252. The Shomrim
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194:10 A person who is watching over the deceased (i.e., the shomer) is exempt from reciting Shema and Shemoneh Esrei, as well as from all other mitzvos in the Torah. This is true even if they are not related since a person who is occupied in one mitzvah is exempt from other mitzvos. If there […]
1,251. Moving the Deceased
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194:8 When the deceased is moved from his bed to the ground, they should make sure that he is covered. This is because whatever we would do for the living because of modesty we also do for the deceased. 194:9 There is a custom is to pour out any drawn water that was in the […]
1,250. Closing the Eyes of the Deceased
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194:6 Anyone who was standing by the patient when he died is obligated to tear his garment (colloquially, “tear kriyah”). The situation is compared to that of a Torah scroll that was burned, for which one would tear his garments. No Jew is completely devoid of Torah or mitzvos. One would tear not only for […]
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 […]