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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: Fundamental Concepts (Jewish Thought 102)


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: 

Upon successful completion of the exam, students are required to: display a broad knowledge of the customs of all of the Jewish festivals, their underlying concepts and themes; analyze legal reasoning and vignettes; and identify their historical, biblical or rabbinic sources.


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 are expected to be very familiar with all of the major Jewish holidays (shalosh regalim, fast days, Purim, Chanuka and High Holidays), their Biblical sources, historical background, legal details and their reasoning and major themes. The course focuses on the conceptual underpinnings and legal structure of the customs.

Credit recommendation: 

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