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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362. Tasting Food; Medicinal Purposes
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50:7 If someone is tasting food to see what seasoning it may need, he certainly doesn’t need to make a bracha if he spits it out. If he swallows it, however, it is questionable whether or not a bracha is required. On the one hand, he swallowed it, but on the other hand, his intention […]
361. Interrupting After a Bracha
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50:5 Between making the bracha on a food item and eating some of it, one should pause no more than a brief moment. (Mishnah Brurah 487:4 defines this as the time it takes to say three words; MB 206:12 identifies these words as the greeting “shalom alecha, rebbe.”) One should not even make interruptions while […]
360. How to Say a Bracha
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50:3 The thing over which one will be reciting a bracha, whether it’s a food item, a fragrant item, or an article used to perform a mitzvah, should first be taken in one’s right hand (a left-handed person, in his left hand – Mishnah Brurah 206:18). He should think about the bracha he is going […]
359. Brachos
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50:1 Psalms 24:1 tells us that the world and all that it contains belong to God. Just as we may not use consecrated property before it has been redeemed, and doing so would be considered misappropriation, similarly, deriving benefit from this world without blessing God for His goodness is like stealing from Him. The bracha […]
358. Hatov Vehameitiv is Not Recited at Bentching
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49:15 One diner can exempt the others with his bracha. First he say “savrei” (“Listen up!”) so they should know to pay attention and respond with “Amen” in order to be included in his blessing. This is only when each diner has his own cup in front of him and can drink immediately, without any […]
357. Guests and Hatov Vehameitiv
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49:13 One only says the bracha of hatov vehameitiv when there is another person who is sharing both types of wine with him. This is implicit in the words “hatov” – i.e., that God is good to him – “vehameitiv” – that God does good things for others. It doesn’t have to be a guest; […]
356. When We Don’t Say Hatov Vehameitiv
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49:11 If there were two types of wine present at the outset but they were not both in front of him when he recited hagafen, he should say hatov vehameitiv on the second, better wine. If both wines were in front of him initially, he does not say hatov vehameitiv, he says hageafen on the […]
355. Changing One’s Mind
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49:9 If a person decided to stop drinking wine and changed his mind so that he needs to say the bracha of hagafen again, he should recite hatov vehameitiv first and hagafen second. (At the Seder, it is advisable to use only one type of wine in order to avoid obligating oneself in the bracha […]
354. Wine During the Meal
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49:7 If one recites the bracha over wine during the course of a meal with others, he should say “savrei rabbosai” (“Listen up, gentlemen!”) so that they will stop eating and pay attention to the bracha. (Mishnah Brurah 174:45-46 makes it clear that this is only when others wish to be included in his bracha […]
353. Coffee After Kiddush
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49:5 If one did not set out to drink wine and it just ended up happening, or if he did not plan on drinking other beverages, he must recite a separate blessing over them. (Mishnah Brurah 174:3 disagrees in a case where the other drinks were present when he recited the bracha on the wine.) […]