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Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience
The Essential Laws of Blessings (Jewish Studies 250)
Formerly The Essential Laws of Blessings (Jewish Thought 250)
Varies; self-study format.
Various; distance learning format.
Version 1: October 2010 - June 2022. Version 2: July 2022 - Present.
Instructional delivery format:
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; demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts related to blessings; identify major principles; analyze underlying premises of the principle laws and customs; and apply them to novel situations. Version 2: Same as version 1 with additional outcomes: identify food items and their corresponding blessing; determine the amount of food or drink necessary to consume to be obligated in the after blessing or the grace said after meals; conduct an analysis of the meaning of blessings; and differentiate between the food manufacturing process in modern times and its impact on the appropriate blessing as opposed to similar food items that were manufactured differently in the past.
Version 1: The final examination assesses students' ability to express knowledge about the fundamental Jewish laws and customs concerning blessings. Topics include: structure of a blessing; blessings made in vain; amen; discharging the obligation of others; initial blessings; sequence of blessings; principle versus subsidiary items; what is considered staples (mezonos); blessings on fruits and vegetables; wine, vegetable and fruit soups; and the general blessing of Shehakol. Version 2: Reading materials were added and study materials were expanded.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, or Religion (2/11) (3/16 revalidation) (8/21 revalidation). NOTE: Students who complete the exam without the use of their notebooks could receive graduate credit. Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division degree category, 6 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, or Religion (7/22 administrative review).