Sunday, September 17, 2017

The "Formalization" of Halakhah

1) Listen to this morning's class here.

2) Follow along with the sources here.

3) View some of the core texts that we analyzed in their original context: a) Hazon Ovadia, b) Meta-Halakhah, c) Yabia Omer, and d) Divine Law in Human Hands.

For further research:

We mentioned that the first issue that we raised, regarding the history behind R. Avahu's takkanah for shofar sounds, has ramifications regarding whether one can say a silent vidui in between the sounds of the shofar on Rosh HaShanah. This issue is in fact a point of contention between R. Ovadia Yosef (Yabia Omer 1:36 and Yehaveh Da'at 1:55) and R. Meir Mazouz (Bayit Ne'eman no. 36). See, as well, R. Yaakov Hillel's discussion of this matter, in VaYashov HaYam 3:24.