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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Center for Academic and Religious Excellence (C.A.R.E.) | Evaluated Learning Experience

JLW 201 Blessings I and II

Formerly JLW 201 Blessings


Proficiency examination administered at the Center for Academic and Religious Excellence (C.A.R.E.) testing center or authorized proctor sites.

June 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the examination, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency as follows: explain the various laws of reciting blessings; discuss the laws regarding interruptions while reciting a blessing; discuss the principles and laws of ikar and tofel; identify foods exempt from blessings after having eaten bread; discuss and explain laws regarding changes of location; describe the priority and order in which blessings are recited; summarize laws regarding when a blessing is not required; discuss situations regarding various mistakes made before, after, or while reciting a blessing; review laws regarding Birkas Hamazon, and Blessings Acharonos; and discuss laws regarding blessings and prayers over various fruits and vegetables, juices and soups.


In order to prepare for this examination, students study the following topics: prerequisites for reciting a blessing; laws of reciting a blessing – speed, concentration laws of speaking and pausing while reciting a blessing; laws of blessings over foods that are not single entities; laws defining and discussing change of location, traveling; laws discussing priority of blessings; and laws regarding blessings on the Sabbath and festivals.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Comparative Law, Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or Sociology (6/15) (4/21 revalidation).