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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Jewish Studies - Theological Research Institute

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Length:

45 hours (10 weeks).

Dates:

December 2011 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the concepts and application of traditional Jewish teachings and mystical practices within the context of modern society; learn the general structure and order of the Torah belief system and how this defines the essential character of the "Jewish perspective”; analyze and assess what happens when the Jewish perspective is at odds with modern opinions and bias; evaluate a wide range of topics, including: the cyclical nature of time; core concepts in Jewish philosophy; ritual practice as related to prayer and the festivals; stringencies in dietary law and animal slaughter, sexual limitations, and freedoms; an explanation of the Torah's written and oral transmissions; and define the concept of "Chosen People," and anti-Semitism.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in a distance learning format with a proctored proficiency exam. It includes a study of faith versus knowledge, Monotheism, the Jewish calendar as a tool for growth, the Jewish view of love, relationships, and prayer, Kosher Laws, Understanding the Shabbat, and History of Oral Law.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Philosophy (6/15) (10/20 revalidation).

Length:

124.5 hours (12 weeks).

Dates:
May 2011 - Present.
Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to discuss the elements of the chapters of the Book of Joshua concerning the entering of the Jewish people into the holy land; explore the Divine explanations of the Book of Joshua and Judges found in the Oral Torah; and examine and analyze the text using a variety of classical Jewish commentaries.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in a distance learning format with a proctored proficiency exam. It includes a study of the Book of Joshua and Judges with a compendium of Prophets, Writings, Babylonian Talmud, Jerusalem Talmud, Malbim, Maharal, Nachmanides, Radak and others, focusing on understanding the major religious and historical elements. Students conduct a close reading of the text to uncover the meaning and understand the message of the narrative.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Classics, and Bible Studies (8/11) (3/17 revalidation). 

Length:

124.5 hours (12 weeks).

Dates:

June 2015 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate a mastery of the Hebrew alphabet, and basic pronunciations of letters and words; gain a deeper insight into the structure of the Hebrew letters and how they relate to mathematics, science, and philosophy; and clearly articulate how the Hebrew words are essentially defined based on the nature of the letters they are composed of.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in a distance learning format with a proctored proficiency exam. It includes a study of the Hebrew Alphabet and Language including speech and pronounciations and the meaning behind the letters. Methods of instruction include: required readings, essays, quizzes, required interaction with the course instructor, and final exam.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Hebrew Language or Jewish Thought (6/15) (10/20 revalidation).

Length:

Self-study, self paced. 

Dates:

July 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze and discuss the elements of the significant scriptural and secondary sources concerning Jewish History; explore the historical and sociological elements of relevant historical events leading up to the medieval ages; examine and analyze the text using a variety of classical commentaries and pertinent academic studies done by experts; and develop and apply historical research skills and techniques

Instruction:

This course provides a comprehensive review of the Jewish existence from Biblical times, through the Second Temple period and the Middle Ages and covers major historical events and turning points, exposing students to primary sources including archeological artifacts, ancient texts, relevant architecture and art, as well as the leading research in the topics discussed, both classic and contemporary. Historical events are reviewed through the prism of three themes unique to the Jewish people during this period: the Biblical Revolution, the Exile and connection to the land, and the Jewish solidarity among dispersed communities.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish History or Judaic Studies or Religion (7/18).

Length:

Self-study, self-paced.

Dates:

July 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze and discuss the elements of major historical works covering modern Jewish History; examine the various locations of the Jewish exile and how they affected elements of historical events leading up to the modern times; examine and analyze the impact the Jewish people had on historical records of modern Kingdoms and Empires and on modern academic works; and develop and apply historical research skills and techniques.

Instruction:

This course is a comprehensive review of the Jewish existence from the Middle Ages to modern times and covers major historical events and turning points. The course exposes students to primary sources including a variety of Jewish texts and literature, architecture and art, as well as the leading research in the topics discussed, both classic and contemporary. Major historical events, including the Jewish Question, the Holocaust, and the Zionist movement are reviewed with a focus on their global impact.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish History or Judaic Studies or Religion (7/18).

Length:

70 hours. 

Dates:

December 2019 – Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discern between the apodictic Amoraic material and the anonymous discursive stratum; evaluate and analyze the various models of the formation of the Talmud and their impact upon the understanding of the text; evaluate the nature of the forced explanations prevalent throughout the Talmud and specifically in the discursive stratum; apply form criticism to determine the setting in life of the early Talmudic transmission and teaching; and evaluate the various modes of oral transmission and their impact upon our written version of the Talmud.

Instruction:

This course explores the various theories about formation of the Talmud, from the traditional view of Y. I. Halevy in his Dorot Harishonim to the diametrically opposed contemporary models of D. W. Halivni and Shamma Friedman. Students analyze their theories and evaluate their literary evidence as well as apply their models to the critical reading of the Talmudic text. Students also explore an alternative model which combines these diverse theories considering the oral matrix of the Talmud during its early phase and the diverse modes of oral transmission. All texts will be read in translation. No previous knowledge of Talmud is necessary. 

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Talmud, Jewish Literature, Judaic Studies, Jewish History, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Hebrew Literature or Religion (12/19). 

Length:

Self study, self-paced.

Dates:

July 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze and discuss the multiple facets of U.S. - Israel relations from a historical and modern viewpoint; identify, discuss, and apply different Jewish concepts acquired in this course to contemporary lives; examine and analyze multiple perspectives of geopolitical scenarios; and compare and contrast current geopolitical perspectives of internationally respected experts with an understanding of modern-day geopolitical issues.

Instruction:

This course discusses the nature of Israel’s diverse population and presents analyses and commentaries on Israeli foreign policy, foreign policy-making in a multi-party (proportional representation) parliamentary system, the major actors in the foreign policy process, and Israel’s international relations vis a vis her security dilemma. The course focuses on the basic tenets of the Israeli political system as well as Israeli foreign and defense strategy, threats and opportunities facing Israel today, the structures and processes of Israeli decision making, including their strengths and weaknesses, and the role of the peace process in Israel’s political and national security strategic thinking. Topics include the U.S.-Israel relationship, unfolding Israeli relations with China and Russia, and Israel’s evolving future as a regional and global power and its place among the nations.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish History, Judaic Studies, or Religion (7/18).

Length:

120 hours (10 weeks).

Dates:

June 2015 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to review the writings of Jewish codifiers throughout the ages (Maimonidies, Tur, Shulchan Aruch, Mishna Brura) to build their knowledge of pertinent Jewish laws and apply research skills to develop a thorough understanding of many day-to-day laws and traditions.

Instruction:

This course is delivered in a distance learning format with a proctored proficiency exam. It includes a study of Jewish Laws (Halacha) of some of the following topics: Mezuzah, Charity, Tefillin, Blessings, Sukkot, Signs of Kosher animals, Wayfarer's prayer, and immersing new utensils.

Credit recommendation:

In the associate degree/certificate degree category OR in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Law, Near Eastern Studies, Talmudic Law, or Religion (6/15) (10/20 revalidation).

Length:

120 hours (10 weeks).

Dates:

June 2015 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze Jewish sources about leadership and character development and discuss traits such as responsibility, resilience, humility, genuineness, commitment to personal growth, positivity, and methods for overcoming anger and jealousy. The course places a strong focus on applying this knowledge to actual life situations. 

Instruction:

The course is taught through a variety of instructional sources: reading classic and contemporary texts, watching online videos, and writing essays. A strong emphasis is placed on applying the material to students' lives.

Credit recommendation:

In the associate degree/certificate category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Law, Jewish Thought, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (6/15) (10/20 revalidation).

Length:

Self-study, self-paced.

Dates:

October 2018 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this learning experience, students will be able to: define the basis of making medical decisions based on ethical principles and Jewish law; compare and contrast differing views on how to navigate the application of Jewish law in the context of medical ethics and practice; analyze common modern health challenges through the lens of medical ethics and Jewish practice; identify and discuss ethical concepts and theories and apply those theories and concepts apply to medical issues; reconstruct and critically evaluate arguments; and think critically about how principles of Jewish law and ethics inform our interactions with technological advances in medical science. 

Instruction:

This course has two main goals. The first is to become familiar with many of the practical challenges of medicine for a person dedicated to Halakhah or Jewish law. Medicine presents a variety of halakhic questions and difficulties that will be explored. The course is targeted to all students interested in the topic, not necessarily those considering a medical profession. Many of the issues will relate to medical professionals and many will relate to the roles of patients and their families. Topics include examination of medical decisions such as genetic testing, pregnancy and childbirth to end of life issues, and will familiarize students with a working knowledge of the medical and halachic issues they may encounter during a normal lifecycle. 

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Studies, Jewish Thought, Religion, Medical Ethics, or Jewish Law (10/20).

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