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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Yeshivas Toras Moshe | Evaluated Learning Experience

Laws of Shema II (Jewish Law 111, 211)

26 hours (26 weeks); in addition, 69 hours of supervised peer study.
Toras Moshe, Jerusalem, Israel.

August 1995 - August 2015.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Jewish Law 111: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the laws governing the recital of kriyas shema as recorded in Shulchan Arukh and Mishnah Berurah, sections 74-92; examine the guiding principles of the law in order to understand how the principles logically necessitate the details of the law; use the Mishnah Berurah as a guide to daily Jewish life; and read and analyze any section of the Mishnah Berurah. Jewish Law 211: In addition to Jewish Law 111, students will be able to master the wide range of halakhic literature in order to gain a deeper insight into the halakhic process; master the classic commentaries of the Shulchan Arukh; and develop techniques for advanced analysis of halakhic issues.


Laws of Shema II (Jewish Law 111) and Laws of Shema II (Jewish Law 211): Students read and study the relevant section of Shulchan Arukh Orach Chaim with the commentary of the Mishnah Berurah and necessary additional commentaries. Weekly lecture and peer study involve the above chapters dealing with the laws pertaining to kriyas shema. Topics covered include: Kriyas shema in an improper environment; times for prayer; eating before prayer; location of prayer; preparation for prayer; cleanliness during prayer. NOTE: Students in both courses study the same course materials. While the scope of instruction is the same, the depth of study and nature of analysis depends upon which course students are enrolled in.

Credit recommendation: 

Laws of Shema II (Jewish Law 111): In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, or Religion. Laws of Shema II (Jewish Law 211): In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Judaic Studies, or Religion (1/00) (1/07 revalidation) (3/12 revalidation). NOTE: Credit should be awarded for either Jewish Law 111 or Jewish Law 211.