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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) | Evaluated Learning Experience

The Festivals: Advanced Concepts (Jewish Thought 202)


Varies; offered as a proficiency examination or self-study format. 

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
August 2006 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

In addition to the Fundamental Concepts outcomes, students are required to display an in-depth understanding of all of the Jewish festivals; identify their historical and spiritual underpinnings; approach legal difficulties on a sophisticated level; recall and discuss the thematic structure of the halachos and minhagim of the festivals; and identify and differentiate between the customs of each holiday, their sources, symbolism and halachic parameters.


Proficiency exam: The examination is intended to measure a body of knowledge that candidates have acquired through prior learning experiences. Self-Study Format: Students are expected to master recommended readings and study guide materials. Students must have an in-depth knowledge of the Moadim in terms of their sources, legal structure, halachos and minhagim, themes and symbolism; beyond the expectation to have a broad and sophisticated knowledge of the moadim students must display an ability to present ideas in an organized, creative and well supported fashion through descriptive and thematic essays. The course focuses on the conceptual underpinnings and legal structure of the festivals and their customs.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Jewish Thought, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, or Religion (12/06) (3/12 revalidation) (3/17 revalidation) (3/22 revalidation).