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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Davar Academy, LLC | Evaluated Learning Experience

Advanced Jewish law and custom IV (JLAW 340)

Course Category: 
Length: 

Varies – self study.

Location: 
Various; distance learning format.
Dates: 

May 2022 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and explain the laws and customs detailed in the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berura; identify the sources and reasoning at the foundation of the laws and customs of day to day Jewish life; explain, analyze, interpret, and apply Torah law, rabbinical institutions and customs; analyze and interpret the rulings of the leading scholars and identify the sources and reasons for conflicting rulings; determine when stringencies and leniencies apply and describe their impact on conduct and behavior; judge practical cases by using their knowledge of the laws and customs prohibitions and leniencies and the criteria by which they are determined.

Instruction: 

This course takes an in depth look at Jewish laws and customs observed in day-to-day living.  It will cover the concepts, laws and customs commonly encountered and practiced according to the major Rabbinical authorities of the modern era found in the Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berura.  The course will cover the major principles and their underlying premises and how these are applied to novel situations.  Topics include the Search of Chametz, Erev Pesach occurring on Shabbat, Hametz which existed through Passover, Hametz that is Found in the Store, Scouring Dishes, Wheat and Grinding It to Make Matzahs, Which Matzo Does One Not Fulfill His Obligation, Water that Rested Overnight, Matzo Used for the Mitzvah, prayers on 2nd evening of Pesach and the Counting of the Omer, customs of the omer, prayers for Pesach and Shavuot, Which Work Is Forbidden on Yom Tov, Preparation on Yom Tov, Meat and How to Salt It, Fire, Baking, Things that Are Forbidden on a Holiday and Which Are Permitted with a Change, Heating Water, What Things Can Be Sent, Moving Things from Domain to Domain,  Death on Yom Tov, Simchat Yov Tov.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Jewish History, or Religion (3/22). 

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