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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274. Salt
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41:6 There is a mitzvah to have salt on the table for hamotzi and to dip the bread into it. (Mishnah Brurah 167:33 cites a practice to dip the bread three times in the salt.) This is because our tables are like the altar in the Temple and our food is like the sacrifices. Leviticus […]
273. Reciting the Bracha
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41:4 One should not cut too small a piece (smaller than an olive – Mishnah Brurah 167:8) since this looks stingy. On the other hand, a piece larger than the size of an egg is a sign of gluttony. This is only the case when one is eating alone. When eating with others, one must […]
272. Cutting the Bread
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41:2 We must be careful not to interrupt between washing our hands and reciting the bracha of hamotzi. One may, however, respond “Amen” to any bracha he hears. Interruptions include delaying longer than the time it takes to walk 22 cubits (a cubit is about 18 inches, so 33 feet or so), walking to another […]
271. Hamotzi
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40:21 Salt that comes from water is like water in this regard, even when it has become a solid. For example, if one dips radishes in sea salt, he must wash his hands as if the radishes were dipped in water. (Mishnah Brurah 158:18 says that this appears to be the case only when the […]
270. Using a Fork and a Spoon
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40:19 One does not need to wash his hands for preserved fruit since neither the sugar nor the fruit juice is considered a liquid in this regard. If the fruit is preserved in honey, and the honey is thoroughly congealed, it is also no longer a considered a liquid but a food, so hand-washing is […]
269. Washing for Wet Food
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40:17 If a person eats food dipped in a liquid, or if the liquid gets on the food and it is still wet, one must wash his hands without a blessing even if he doesn’t touch the wet part. (This is what we do at the Seder before eating the karpas dipped in salt water.) […]
268. Using the Restroom Before Washing
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40:15 If someone uses the bathroom before eating, which requires that he wash his hands and recite the bracha of “asher yatzar,” and he must also wash his hands for bread, there is some doubt as the the proper course of action. It is best in this case not to wash hands in the way […]
267. Human Effort
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40:13 Water for hand-washing must be poured over one’s hands by way of human effort, not by sticking them under flowing water. In the case of a faucet, the water that comes out from an initial burst of pressure is considered the result of human effort; subsequent water that flows out is not. In order […]
266. Obstructions on the Hands
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40:11 One must check his hands before washing in order to ensure that they are clean and free from anything that would obstruct the water. (An obstruction is called a “chatzitzah” in Hebrew.) If one has long fingernails, they must also be cleaned. (Mishnah Brurah 161:3 say that this only refers to dirt on the […]
265. Disqualifying the Water
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40:9 If someone who did not wash his hands touched water, the water does not become ritually impure. Therefore, after the using the bathroom, one may scoop water out of a barrel in order to wash his hands and the water remaining in the barrel may still be used for ritual hand-washing. However, if this […]