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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Studies in Jewish Law: Laws of Shabbat II (REL315)

Length: 

39 hours (13 weeks) or equivalent for proficiency exam. 

Location: 
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Dates: 

September 2009 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and analyze major categories of melachah; distinguish the principles behind each one and apply them to novel situations; define and categorize the laws and subtopics of muktza (items which are set aside from use on Shabbat); discuss the definitions and ramifications of private and public domain in Jewish law with regard to Shabbat; analyze the principles behind specific prohibitions and their rabbinic boundaries and apply them; recognize and enumerate the intricacies of the laws of lighting Shabbat candles, Kiddush (sanctifying the Shabbat) and Havdalah (blessing concluding the Shabbat); the student will utilize literary resources to evaluate diverse opinions as they pertain to hilchos Shabbos and use them to appraise what actions are permitted on Shabbos.

Instruction: 

Major topics taught in this course include: Muktza; eiruvin; hotza’ah; four domains; akira and hanacha; building and dismantling; writing and erasing; refuah; shechikas samemanim; psik reisha d’lo nicha leih; amira le’akum; Shabbos candles: reasons, customs, prayers, legal status, materials, length of time they stay lie, place of lighting; Kiddush: obligation, laws, customs; Havdalah: source, suitable beverages, customs, laws. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).

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