Everyone knows there are literally thousands of halachic questions than can arise on Shabbat. Mastery of these laws is necessary to a proper and meaningful observance of Shabbat. Yet how can you possibly manage them all?

The key is to learn the principles of the 39 main categories of Shabbat labor, since all halachot essentially derive from those same original principles. This course delivers it all in a thorough, step-by-step, user-friendly fashion.

Sample class

This course will give you the confidence to handle a myriad of situations that may come up:

  • preparing food on Shabbat
  • medical issues on Shabbat
  • common cases in your kitchen
  • what if you want to eat outside
  • personal hygiene on Shabbat
  • heating up food
  • opening packages


Alan Goldman – author

Alan Goldman studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel and has a BA in Political Science from Columbia University. He also holds an MSW from Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work and a JD from Case Western Reserve School of Law. Having been a social worker, an attorney, and a Judaic studies teacher, he is now the development director for a small nonprofit organization. Alan lives with his family in suburban Cleveland, Ohio.

Rabbi Shraga Simmons – editor

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Rabbi Shraga Simmons holds a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. He is the chief editor of Jewish Pathways, and the senior editor of Aish.com. Rabbi Simmons previously served as Director of Outreach for Aish HaTorah in Los Angeles, and is also the founding editor of HonestReporting.com. His work has been translated into Hebrew, Spanish, French, Indonesian and German. He lives with his wife and children in the Modi'in region of Israel.


For a self-check of understanding, this course has interactive online testing: 10 questions based on the class material. Students automatically receive a test score, along with the correct answers. And all your test results are stored in your personal online account, so you can track your progress as you study the material.

Each Pathways class is also available either online or as a user-friendly PDF version, so you can print out the material and study at your own pace -- anywhere, anytime.

And finally, there are dynamic video segments that present common scenarios, and help you work through the practical halacha in each case.


(classes currently available)

  1. Shabbat: Day of Rest
  2. Thoughtful Work
  3. Plowing: Back to our Roots
  4. Sowing: So What?
  5. Kotzer: From the Ground Up
  6. Me'amer: Gather 'Round
  7. Dosh - Part 1: From Threshing Floor to Kitchen
  8. Dosh - Part 2: The Big Squeeze
  9. Dosh - Part 3: The Absorbing Topic of Liquids
  10. Zoreh: Blowin' in the Wind
  11. Borer - Part 1: Make Your Choice
  12. Borer - Part 2: Sorting Things Out
  13. Borer - Part 3: From Soup to Nuts
  14. Borer - Part 4: Beyond the Edible
  15. Meraked: Sifting and Straining
  16. Tochen - Part 1: Back to the Grind
  17. Tochen - Part 2: Healing on Shabbat
  18. Losh: Mixing it Up
  19. Bishul - Part 1: The Heat is On
  20. Bishul - Part 2: Three Degrees of Separation
  21. Bishul - Part 3: Standing the Heat…
  22. Bishul - Part 4: The Heat of the Matter
  23. Bishul - Part 5: Hatmana – Insulating Food
  24. Bishul - Part 6: Hot Water, Cold Water and More
  25. Gozez: No Need to be Sheepish - see sample class
  26. Melaben: Halachic White-Out
  27. Combing, Coloring, Spinning: Fun with Wool
  28. The Melachot of Weaving
  29. Koshair: Knot What You Think
  30. Tofair: Making a Connection
  31. Tzad: Catch Me if You Can
  32. Shochait: Live and Let Live
  33. M&Ms - Part 1: Mafshit and Me'abeid
  34. M&Ms - Part 2: Memachaik, Mesarteit, Mechateich

(more classes coming soon)

Sample class
Key features:
  • 34 class modules
  • PDF printout of each class
  • Dynamic videos of practical cases

Comprehensive online curriculum explores:
  • Hundreds of practical, common cases
  • The principle behind each of the 39 labor categories
  • The difference between a Torah law and rabbinic law

Self-paced, easy-to-use modules:
  • Gives you complete control over your learning schedule
  • Makes it easy to absorb new concepts and information
  • Self-testing on each class to check your comprehension

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