Department of Law
The study of the classic codes of Jewish law is essential to the appreciation of the way in which these codes emanate and evolve from the Tanach and Talmud to practical daily application. If the student is to grow socially and intellectually, knowledge of the codes is critical. The codes provide authoritative directives for moral and ethical conduct, as well as the basis for all conduct of Jewish Courts of Law, Halachic jurisprudence and rabbinic decisions.
The first two semesters introduce the student to the classic legal works. While concentrating on daily and holiday procedures, the student is taught to trace the development of the corpus of law from its sources in the Tanach, Mishnah and Talmud.
The basic text is the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch an abridged Code of Law. Subsequent courses are based on the Shulchan Aruch (unabridged) with the emphasis on the application of judicial principles to contemporary problems, particularly to technical and social innovations, etc.