A seminar setting for the close reading and development of understandings in various rabbinic texts.
Halachah is the behavioral expression of the experience of the divine. When a student wants to watch the teacher tie his or her shoelaces, it is to see the connection among the fine detail of practice, the revelation at Sinai, and the final redemption. In this class, part of the sequence of courses in halachic method and sources, we will explore the mystical roots of halachic codes and their authors as well as specific topics such as halachah as a community-building tool, private and public prayer, and kashrut. This course will be mostly in English.