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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: Time Frame and Rabbinical Institutions (Jewish Law 310)


Varies; self-study format.

Jerusalem, Israel and other approved locations in the United States

October 2010 - November 2011.  

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful competion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate an ability to identify, explain, analyze, interpret, and apply theoretical law in practical cases for the following areas: non-movable objects (muktza) due to value, forbidden use, non-designation for use; asking a non-Jew to perform work (amira l"akum) including the causes of prohibitions and allowances for the criteria by which they are determined; identify the distinction between different prohibitions and their causes; discuss underlying principles; determine when leniencies apply; describe their impact on the Sabbath behavior; and apply principles to practical scenarios. In regards to the time frame of the Sabbath, students will be able to: discuss the laws pertaining to candle lighting at the commencement of Sabbath; identify who may light and where one may light a candle; apply theory to practice; solve problematic scenarios regarding candle lighting; and demonstrate knowledge regarding laws and customs related to the conclusion of Sabbath and the custom of Havdallah.


Jewish Law 310 is offered as a proficiency examination that includes an extensive study-guide and required readings 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: Advanced Topics (Jewish Law 250) as The Laws of the Sabbath: The Rabbinical Laws (Jewish Law 350).