Studies in Jewish Law: Topics in Sabbath Law II
Selected Halachic Issues and Muktzeh
Course Number and Designation: HIS 302
Contact Hours: 90 academic hours.
Credit: 6 credits
Course Description: A comprehensive study of selected topics in Shabbat laws including Torah and Rabbinic prohibitions; Boneh; Melacha performed by a gentile; Mechabeh; laws pertaining to clothing; cosmetics and personal care; Muktzeh part I. 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
Suggested supplementary texts: Shmirat Shabbat K’hilchatah
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 laws connected to Shabbat observance studied within this course. Students will develop the ability to rule on the applications of laws as well as to extrapolate from the material studied to draw precedents that will 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.
ADA Statement: PS instructors accommodate students with disabilities; please contact Rabbi Channen, Dean of Academic Affairs.