Studies in Jewish Law: Family Life I
Course Number and Designation: JLAW 317
Contact Hours: 94 academic hours.
Credit: 5 credits
Course Description: A comprehensive study of the laws of family life (part I). The course examines selected Halachic texts, primarily the Shulchan Aruch, focusing on understanding Halachic methodology and practical application.
Required Texts: Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah with commentaries of Shach and Taz, 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 obligation to refrain from physical contact with a woman during her menstrual period; calculating the times when a woman can expect her period; understanding the Halachic differences between a zavah and a niddah as well as the descriptions of the type of blood or discharge that will not render her ritually impure; determining the means through which physical contact can once again be permitted; developing the ability to decide applications of laws as well as extrapolate from the classical sources rulings that apply to 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.
ADA Statement: PS instructors accommodate students with disabilities; please contact Rabbi Channen, Dean of Academic Affairs.