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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Judaic Studies/Religion - Maalot Educational Network

Titles of all evaluated learning experiences in Judaic Studies/Religion - Maalot Educational Network

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Formerly:
Advanced Topics in Bible (REL399)
Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and articulate the various theological, philosophical and legal implications of a variety of exegetical and midrashic insights and demonstrate skills in independent Biblical research.

Instruction:

This course may be delivered in a classroom or online format. Topics covered: are selected theological, philosophical and legal themes from the five Books of the Pentateuch along with relevant commentaries, sources and works of Jewish philosophy. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Bible, Judaic Studies, Literature, Religious Studies, or Survey of Biblical Literature (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).

Length:

39 hours (13 weeks). 

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: articulate an in-depth understanding of central theological and philosophical issues, as well as symbolic and esoteric elements of the Book of Judges, through reference to a wealth of Biblical, Midrashic and Rabbinic source material, along with knowledge of the Book with its classical commentaries.  Students conduct an analysis of biblical texts and commentaries.

Instruction:

Major topics covered in the course: the relationship between the sins of the Jewish people, the nations who subjugated them, and the judges who redeemed them; the major Biblical personalities and events in the book and their symbolic significance for religion and history. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Hebrew Scriptures, Judaic Studies, Literature, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).

Length:

39  hours (13 weeks). 

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and discuss various classical exegetical approaches to the Bible; articulate the moral, legal and religious implications of exegetical insights; conduct Biblical research; and analyze exegetical approaches to parallel passages in the Bible.

Instruction:

Classroom-based learning includes lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Text selection may vary. Prerequisite or co-requisite should include at least two course in Bible and Prophets.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Bible, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).

Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and discuss the foundations of Chabad Chassidus philosophy and the terminology of Chabad philosophy and compare and contrast the Chabad Chassidus philosophy to other Jewish philosophical works.

Instruction:

Major topics are:the structure of Tanya, the basic terminology of Tanya, the Divine Soul, the self and the ways and means of achieving a closer understanding of G-d, self and fellow man. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Prerequisite: Background knowledge in Jewish Religion and Philosophy.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or Philosophy (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).

Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:
September 2009 - Present.
Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and discuss the foundations of Chabad Chassidus philosophy and the terminology of Chabad philosophy and compare and contrast the Chabad Chassidus philosophy to other Jewish philosophical works.

Instruction:

Major topics are: the Divine Soul, the self and the ways and means of achieving a closer understanding of G-d, self and fellow man, and penitence. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Prerequisite: Background knowledge in Jewish Religion and Philosophy. 

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or Philosophy (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).

Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2020 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: recognize and apply the terminology of Mussar concepts; successfully apply these concepts to character development, recognizing points of decision, making life choices, avoiding pitfalls in character development and recovering from failure.

Instruction:

Topics include Major classical concepts in the study of Mussar, character refinement, responsibility to improve one’s self in an organized manner, growth in stages, the primary role of Torah in the process; the nobility of man; bringing out one’s potential; connection with the Creator, growing through failure. Prerequisite: Ability to read and comprehend Hebrew language familiarity with courses in Biblical texts and exegesis.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Ethics, Religious Ethics, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (3/21). 

Length:

Classroom-based instruction: 39 hours (13 weeks). Proficiency exam: Varies; self-study format. 

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to identify, describe, interpret and analyze Biblical and Rabbinic sources pertaining to laws of interpersonal communication.

Instruction:

Instruction is offered via traditional classroom-based format or as a proficiency exam. Topics include: Biblical and Rabbinic sources on verbal abuse and laws of slander, gossip, and the private and public exchange of information in Jewish Law. Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: Basic Halalchic knowledge.  

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Ethics, Religious Ethics, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).

Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2020 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to analyze the depth of the major religious, ethical, halachic and historical elements of selected topics in the Book of Genesis.  Students will demonstrate improving skill levels in parsing biblical texts and their exegeses.

Instruction:

Major topics include: History of learning Pshat, sin of the Tree of Knowledge and the fall of man, tower of Babel and the Generation of the Dispersion, the story of Judah and Tamar, the mysterious lineage of Messiah – various incidents in the lineage of the Kingdom of David and philosophical implications, Dinah and Shechem.  All topics are drawn from, and  based on Biblical and Chassidic sources. Topics and sources may vary. Prerequisite: Ability to read and comprehend Hebrew language with some fluency as well previous coursework in Biblical texts and exegesis or permission of instructor. 

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Bible, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (3/21).

Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2020 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to discuss the details of the lives of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs as well as the ethical, moral and theological motifs of their narratives; conduct independent research into Biblical texts and analyze their findings; apply this information to create a family tree and an extensive research paper that highlights the connection of each Jew to his own ethical and historic roots using the Patriarchs and Matriarchs as a paradigm.

Instruction:

Major topics include: G-d’s chariot, need for caution in studying the lives of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, instilling character traits in one’s descendants, Avraham against the world, Avraham spreads word of G-d’s existence, G-d’s love for Avraham, differences between Noah and Avraham, Sarah’s response, Yitzchak’s gevurah and tefilla, Rivkah’s binah yeseirah, Yakov and truth, Leah’s inner desire, Rachel’s mercy, beauty and commentary on being buried alone,  Ultimate purpose of the world’s existence. Topics and sources may vary. Prerequisite: Ability to read and comprehend Hebrew language familiarity with courses in Biblical texts and exegesis.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Biblical Studies, History, Religious Studies (3/21).

Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to articulate Rabbinic views on selected contemporary halachic issues.

Instruction:

Topics covered in the course are general principles of inter-relationships between the sexes, synagogue worship, morality in financial dealings, and ritual purity. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and Textual preparation. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of fundamental Jewish concepts in Law and Philosophy.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation). 

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