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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426. Reciting Birkas HaGomeil
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61:2 Birkas hagomeil should be recited in front of a minyan of ten, not including the one saying the bracha. (Mishnah Brurah 219:6 allows the one reciting the bracha to be included in the minyan.) Two of the ten optimally should be Torah scholars involved in the study of halacha as per Psalms 107:32 “They […]
425. Birkas HaGomeil
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60:15 One who sees particularly beautiful trees, animals or people – including non-Jews – recites the bracha “shekacha lo b’olamo,” praise to G-d that He has such beautiful creations in His world. One only recites the bracha the first time he sees the object of beauty; he would not recite the bracha again, even on […]
424. M’Shaneh HaBriyos
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Please note: The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch was written in eastern Europe in the 19th century, a time and place very different from the world we know. While we take diversity for granted, one might have lived his entire life there without ever seeing a person of a different color or abilities. These brachos praising Hashem […]
423. How Often Does One Recite the Bracha?
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60:11 Upon seeing Jewish graves, one recites the bracha “asher yatzar eschem badin…” that G-d created them in justice, sustained them in justice, provided for them in justice, caused their deaths, and will ultimately revive and maintain them in justice. (See a siddur for the actual text. Some authorities say that this bracha is not […]
422. Seeing a Scholar or a King
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60:9 Upon seeing a Jew who is a great Torah scholar, one recites the bracha “shechalak meichachmaso lirei’av,” that G-d shares some of His wisdom with those who are in awe of Him (and shehechiyanu, if he hasn’t seen this scholar within 30 days – Mishnah Brurah 225:1). One who sees a non-Jew who is […]
421. Experiencing a Miracle
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60:7 One should optimally recite birkas hachama in the morning, as soon as the sun appears. This is because the zealous are quick to perform mitzvos. It is also preferable to recite birkas hachama in a gathering because it is greater glory to G-d to be praised by the masses as per Proverbs 14:28, “In […]
420. Birkas HaChama
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60:5 One also recites the bracha “Oseh maaseh Bereishis” upon seeing seas and mountains that are renowned for their height. (Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 228:1 says that one recites “Oseh hayam hagadol” or, according to Mishnah Brurah 228:3, “she’asah es hayam hagadol” – that G-d created the great sea – upon seeing the Mediterranean. Others […]
419. The Rainbow
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60:3 The bracha one recites on thunder and/or lightning covers him so long as the clouds of that storm have not been dispersed. If the sky brightens in between thunder claps or lightning flashes, one would recite a new bracha. (If it is continuously cloudy over the course of multiple days, one would recite the […]
418. Brachos on the Wonders of Creation
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60:1 When one sees fruit trees in bloom, he recites a bracha to the effect that G-d lacks nothing in His world, that He has made good creations and good trees, to benefit humanity. (See a siddur for the actual text.) One only recites this bracha once per year (even if he later sees other […]
417. Brachos Upon Seeing a Long-Lost Friend
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59:20 One who sees a dear friend after thirty days – or, even moreso, one who sees his father or his teacher – recites shehechiyanu. This is true even if they corresponded in the interim. (Some authorities say that one would not recite a bracha if he received messages in the interim; when it comes […]