Pledge 30: Halakhic Rulings of the Conservative Movement

Conference Room

Three one-hour sessions: Sundays, December 3, 10, & 24 at 8:15 PM

Facilitator: Glenn Farber; farber [at] allmail [dot] net

Last year, we looked at the reasoning behind the 1950 teshuvah (legal opinion) that allowed driving on Shabbat in limited circumstances.  This class will continue examining the reasoning that typifies rulings by Conservative rabbis, and the hashkafah (religious philosophy) that stands behind them.  This first class will focus on the observance of yom tov sheni (the second day of holidays, observed outside the land of Israel).  We’ll look at disagreements among the rabbis of the Talmud, medieval commentators, and modern scholars on issues of setting the calendar, changing Torah law, the legal status of minhag, and adapting to modern economies.  Readings will be available in advance. 

blumenthal.pdf3.98 MB
sigal_ehrlich_schuchat.pdf6.08 MB

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