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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

The Jewish Festivals II (Jewish Law 230)

The Jewish Festivals II Version 2 (Jewish Law 230)

Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: December 2011 - March 2023. Version 2: July 2022 - Present. 

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

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and explain the significant aspects of the Jewish Festivals including their laws, customs, origins and symbolic nature; identify and explain rabbini and Torah sources for these festivals; convey the impact and meaning the festivals impart to the Jewish people; and apply theoretical knowledge to practical scenarios. Version 2: Same as version 1 with additional outcomes. Students will be able to: describe Yom Tov customs throughout the ages and Lunar calendar anomalies which affect the Yom Tov schedules: analyze customs surrounding the days in the calendar which commemorate both happy days and tragedies in Jewish history; and display mastery of the historical significance in past and current customs surrounding the 15th of Shevat. 


Version 1: The Jewish Festivals II (Jewish Law 230)  includes an extensive study-guide and required reading with a final exam administered through The Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies. Topics include: Rosh Chodesh, Rosh Hashana, public fast days, the ten days of repentences, Yom Kippur, Succos, Pesach, Shemini Atzeres, Simchas Torah, Chanuka, Tu B'Shevat, Shiva Asser B'Tammuz, and Tisha B'Av. Version 2: Same as version 1 with additional reading materials, topics and study guide resources. 

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Religion, Near Eastern Studies, or Judaic Studies (3/12) (3/17 revalidation).  Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate / associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Religion, Near Eastern Studies, or Judaic Studies (7/22 revalidation).