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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Studies in Jewish Philosophy: "Duties of the Heart" (PHI398)

39 hours (13 weeks).
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.

September 2009 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify historical antecedents of the work; identify and describe main philosophical, theological and ethical themes; describe and compare Duties of the Hearts ("Chovot ha-Levavot") with parallel works: The Book of Beliefs and Opinions, The Kuzari and The Guide for the Perplexed; and describe the book's impact on subsequent Jewish philosophical thought.


Selected topics from the following: fundamentals and basic beliefs, the unity of G-d, reflecting on G-d, seven manifestations of the divine wisdom, serving G-d, obeying G-d's directives, trust in G-d, devoting one's acts to G-d alone, humility, repentance, self examination and asceticism and loving G-d. Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Religion, Jewish Studies, or Jewish Philosophy (10/10) (8/15 revalidation) (3/21 revalidation).