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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

Survey of the Laws of Sabbath (REL228)


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: identify and define the major categories of Melachah (a category of work); explain criteria for determining forbidden and permissible actions on the Sabbath; analyze various scenarios to evaluate potential issues; extrapolate from the principles covered within the course to a variety of practical applications. These categories are the archetypical types of work done to build the temporary Mishkan or Holy Tent that was carried with the Jewish People as they traveled through the desert. All these activities such as weaving, forming a structure, carving, dyeing, etc. are included in the thirty-nine major categories of work forbidden on Shabbos and each category has many subcategories and blended categories.


Major topics include: a study of a selection of Sabbath restrictions and prohibitions, including laws of plowing; planting; harvesting; threshing; winnowing; grinding; kneading; dyeing; cooking; sewing and tearing; tying and untying knots; trapping animals; slaughtering; skinning and pickling; erecting a shelter; erasing; scratching lines; cutting; writing; erasing; building; demolishing; lighting a fire; completing an object; and carrying objects in the public domain. The course provides a framework for understanding the principles governing these laws, so that students can utilize their knowledge towards practical application. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: Ability to read and comprehend Yiddish.

Credit recommendation: 

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