Aveilut & Happiness
THIS IS A WEBYESHIVA.ORG HALACHA MASTERY PROGRAM COURSE BUT DOES NOT REQUIRE ACCEPTANCE TO THE HALACHA MASTERY PROGRAM. It is free for members of the Halacha Mastery Program or costs $25 for non-Halacha Mastery students.
Mourning inevitably involves conflict between the mourner’s sense of loss and the natural sense of simcha (happiness or joy) that arises in many contexts. In this course with Rabbi Fink we will study the principle halachic texts governing what is permitted and what is forbidden for a mourner during the first seven days after burial, during the following thirty days, and during the following twelve months. In class we will translate and analyze Hebrew texts drawn from the Talmud, Rishonim, and great modern posekim.
Aveilut & Happiness: Lesson 1
REJOICING AND MOURNING: Mourning inevitably involves conflict between the mourner’s sense of loss and the natural sense of simcha (happiness or joy) that arises in many contexts. We will begin with the concept of simcha as understood by the principle poskim. Sources in Hebrew are available through the link. In class we will translate and explain these sources.
Aveilut & Happiness: Lesson 7
THE ONSET OF MOURNING: In today’s class we will complete our survey of the sources defining the kind of simcha that is prohibited for mourners. Then we will begin the next topic: When do the seven days of mourning begin? If the mourners attend the funeral, they begin mourning after the deceased is buried. But what if they do not attend (either because the funeral is too far away or because they are infirm)? Sources, both in WORD format and pdf are available through the link.
In addition to being one of Rabbi Brovender's first students, Rabbi Dovid Fink is an outstanding expertﾠand teacher of Halacha. Rabbi Fink received his Rabbinic ordination from ITRI and the Mir and was awarded his Ph.D in Semitic Languages and Linguistics from Yale University. Rav Fink has taught thousands of students from all over the world for over 35 years.