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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: Sabbath Customs and Prayers (REL230)


Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies. 

Traditional classroom-based offered at Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations. Distance learning and hybrid options available.

May 2023 – Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: explain in-depth the process of preparing for and accepting the Sabbath, and the meaning behind these laws and customs; analyze the literal and esoteric meanings of select Sabbath prayers; analyze practices and traditions regarding Sabbath food and explain the Halachic and symbolic reasons behind them; and extrapolate from the principles covered within the course to a variety of practical applications.  


This course is a study of the Halachic and Kabbalistic sources and aspects of various Sabbath customs and prayers. It examines textual sources, theological and Kabbalistic themes, and Halachic aspects of traditional customs and prayers of Sabbath including Kiddush; the Sabbath meals; traditional Sabbath foods; Zemiros; blessings after the meal; Havdalah; Melaveh Malkah. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: Fluency in reading and understanding Yiddish.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Law, Religion, or Sociology (5/23).