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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264. The Water Used for Washing
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40:7 If a person doesn’t have a vessel appropriate for washing, he may stick his hands in a river or in a mikvah that can be used by women for immersion. He can even stick them in a spring, even if it contains less than 40 seah of water (the minimum volume of kosher mikvah […]
263. Drying the Hands
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40:5 After one has washed both hands, he should rub them together and raise them to the level of his head as per Psalms 134:2, “Raise your hands…” Before drying the hands, one recites the blessing “al netilas yadayim,” that we are obligated in the mitzvah of washing the hands. Yes, one typically says a […]
262. The Cup Used for Washing
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40:3 Can a vessel that can only stand with support be used for washing hands? That depends. If it was designed to be used with support, then it is a fit vessel and can be used for washing. If it was made for another purpose, such as a pot lid, then it should not be […]
261. Washing for Bread
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40:1 One who wants to eat bread over which the blessing of HaMotzi is recited must first wash his hands. (He must wash both hands even if he plans to eat using only one – Mishnah Brurah 158:4.) If the bread is greater than the size of an egg (about 2.5 fl. oz.), he should […]
260. Wine or Cake Before a Meal
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39:2 If someone wants to drink wine before washing for a meal, even if he will not drink wine during the meal, some authorities are of the opinion that this is still considered part of the meal and is covered by bentching (grace after meals). Other authorities disagree, however, and feel that even if one […]
259. Snacking Before a Meal
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Please note: The 19th-century Kitzur Shulchan Aruch does not account for modern responsa regarding chalav Yisrael (“Jewish milk”) vs. chalav stam (“regular milk”). Please consult your rabbi for guidance in this area. 38:15 There are different local practices when it comes to butter. In some places, the custom is not to use non-Jewish butter, while […]
258. Milk and Cheese
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Please note: The 19th-century Kitzur Shulchan Aruch does not account for modern responsa regarding chalav Yisrael (“Jewish milk”) vs. chalav stam (“regular milk”). Please consult your rabbi for guidance in this area. 38:13 Milk that was milked by non-Jew without Jewish supervision is prohibited, even for cheesemaking. A Jew should be present from the beginning […]
257. Beer
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38:11 If fruits that have not fully ripened on the tree and that are not eaten raw except in pressing circumstances have been preserved by a non-Jew, they are prohibited because of bishul akum (preserving being tantamount to cooking). 38:12 A beverage made from produce (such as beer) if sold by a non-Jew is permitted. […]
256. Food Cooked on Shabbos for a Sick Person
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38:9 Food cooked for a sick person by a non-Jew on Shabbos cannot be eaten after Shabbos – even by the sick person if he can eat something else. The utensils used to make the food can be used after 24 hours. (Mishnah Brurah 318:14 says that food cooked on Shabbos by a non-Jew for […]
255. Non-Jewish Household Employees
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38:7 We are lenient in the case of a non-Jew who works in a Jewish home and cooks for them because we assume that a member of the family was somehow involved in the process. 38:8 If the non-Jewish household employee cooks something for their own use, we do not assume a family member was […]