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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Advanced Topics in Blessings-Part I (Jewish Studies 350)

Advanced Topics in Blessings-Part I (Jewish Thought 350)

Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

Version 1: October 2010 - June 2022. Version 2: July 2022 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: demonstrate the ability to identify, explain, analyze, interpret, and apply theoretical law in the following areas of the laws of blessings: underlying meanings and reasons for blessings; principles of saying the name of God; saying amen; principles of intention; using non-Hebrew language; joint responsibility; blessings are inappropriate; sequence of blessings; and loss of connection to blessings. Version 2: Same as version 1 with additional outcomes: identify on a pictorial display the amount of food or drink necessary to consume to be obligated in the after blessing or the grace said after meals; analyze the meaning of blessings; and discuss what constitutes an interruption in a meal or blessing sequence. 


Version 1: The final examination assesses students' ability to express in-depth knowledge about the Jewish laws and customs concerning blessings; understanding of concepts related to blessings; identify major principles; analyze underlying premises of the principles laws and customs and apply them to novel situations. Version 2: Reading materials were added representing a variety of sources and multiple perspectives; study materials were added. 

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/11) (3/16 revalidation) (8/21 revalidation). Version 2: In the upper division degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (7/22 administrative review).