Studies in Jewish Law: Laws of the Four Species
Course Number and Designation: JLAW 309
Contact Hours: 80 academic hours.
Credit: 6 credits
Course Description: A comprehensive study of laws of taking the laws pertaining to the requirement to take the four species (palm branch, citron, myrtle leaves and willow) on the festival of Sukkot. The course examines selected Halachic texts, primarily the Shulchan Aruch, focusing on understanding Halachic methodology and practical application.
Required Texts: Shulchan Aruch Orech Chaim with commentaries of Magen Avraham and Mishnah Berurah, Tur Shulchan Aruch with commentaries of Beit Yosef, Bach and Darkei Moshe.
Course Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The course carefully follows the laws as outlined in the Shulchan Aruch. Upon successful completion of the course, students will demonstrate Mastery of the various laws pertaining to the requirement to take the four species (palm branch, citron, myrtle leaves and willow) on the festival of Sukkot, studied within this course. Students will develop the ability to decide applications of laws as well as extrapolate from the classical sources rulings that apply to contemporary questions not covered within the traditional Halachic literature.
Instructional Format: Guided self-study: This course is taught in an online format based on a guided self-study model. Students receive lessons on various topics twice a week. Lessons focus on selected texts related to Biblical Law and Rabbinic traditions and the understanding of Halachic methodology and practical applications.
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