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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 Sabbath: Advanced Concepts (Jewish Thought 203)


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

Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL) authorized proctor sites.
January 2008 - 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 aspects of the Sabbath; 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 Sabbath; and identify and differentiate between each of the 39 malachos together with the other positive and negative aspects of the Sabbath, 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 laws and customs of the Sabbath 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 Sabbath 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 Sabbath and their customs.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/08) (3/17 revalidation) (3/22 revalidation).