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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 Laws of the Sabbath: Advanced Topics (Jewish Law 250)


Varies; self-study format.

Jerusalem, Israel and other approved locations in the United States

October 2010 - March 2016.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and explain fundamental philosophy behind the prohibition of working on the Sabbath; identify, explain, analyze, interpret, and apply theoretical law in the following areas: desisting from weekday activities and occupations, avoiding preparations for after Sabbath with the allowance for positive commandments, speaking about work, excessive exertion, doing work on the eve of the Sabbath. Students also identify the distinction between similar prohibitions and their causes; discuss the underlying principles and determine when leniencies apply; describe their impact on Sabbath behavior; and apply the principles to practical scenarios.


Jewish Law 250 is offered as a proficiency examination that includes an extensive study-guide and required reading administered through the Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies.

Credit recommendation: 
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in History, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/11). NOTE: This course has been combined with The Laws of the Sabbath: Time Frame and Rabbinical Institutions (Jewish Law 310) as The Laws of the Sabbath: The Rabbinical Laws (Jewish Law 350) (11/11).