Jewish Law (401): Shabbat

· July 24, 2020


Various; distance learning format.


Self study, self-paced


July 2018 – Present. Instructional delivery format: Proficiency exam

Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: list the 39 forbidden activities tied to Shabbat; detail the sources and explanation for each of the forbidden activities; apply moral and life lessons taught by the laws of Shabbat; and detail the responsibility of the generation to safeguard the Shabbat and how that played out throughout the exile.


This is an in-depth study of the Shulchan Aruch, with a focus on the source of each of the laws of Shabbat, and their modern-day application. Students apply lessons taught by various sources from classical and modern commentaries. Focus is on topics that include but are not limited to the following themes: the 39 forbidden activities on Shabbat; the nature of joy on Shabbat; Shabbat in Temple times and throughout the exile; and the concepts of the seven-year cycle leading up to the Sabbatical year. 

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of the Hebrew Language.

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Course Includes

  • 5 Lessons
  • 17 Topics