Jewish Law (403): Jewish Festivals

· 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 three main Festivals listed in the Torah; compare and contrast the nature of how these Festivals were celebrated during Temple times and throughout the exile; describe the unique relationship between an agricultural civilization and the Festivals; and detail all the specific laws and their sources that apply to each of the Festivals.


This is an in-depth study of the Shulchan Aruch, with a focus on the unique commandments for each of the Festivals. 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 Holidays of Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot; the ‘four species’; the Passover Seder; and the pilgrimage to the Temple. 

Prerequisite: Basic understanding of the Hebrew Language.

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