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Studies in Jewish Law: Laws of Shabbat II (REL315)
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and analyze major categories of melachah; distinguish the principles behind each one and apply them to novel situations; define and categorize the laws and subtopics of muktza (items which are set aside from use on Shabbat); discuss the definitions and ramifications of private and public domain in Jewish law with regard to Shabbat; analyze the principles behind specific prohibitions and their rabbinic boundaries and apply them; recognize and enumerate the intricacies of the laws of lighting Shabbat candles, Kiddush (sanctifying the Shabbat) and Havdalah (blessing concluding the Shabbat); the student will utilize literary resources to evaluate diverse opinions as they pertain to hilchos Shabbos and use them to appraise what actions are permitted on Shabbos.
Major topics taught in this course include: Muktza; eiruvin; hotza’ah; four domains; akira and hanacha; building and dismantling; writing and erasing; refuah; shechikas samemanim; psik reisha d’lo nicha leih; amira le’akum; Shabbos candles: reasons, customs, prayers, legal status, materials, length of time they stay lie, place of lighting; Kiddush: obligation, laws, customs; Havdalah: source, suitable beverages, customs, laws. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.