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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

PHL 201 The Way of G-d I and II

Formerly PHL 201 The Way of G-d


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: explore a personal relationship with G-d via prayer, Torah study, and fulfilling the commandments; describe the role of the Jewish People vis-à-vis the nations of the world; differentiate between the role of G-d’s guidance in the life of an individual versus the lives of the nations of the world; and explore the interaction between body and soul.


In order to prepare for this examination, students study Derech Hashem by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato. Topics include: the nature of the Creator; man’s understanding of G-d; the creation of the world; the purpose of the creation of the world; man’s purpose in the world and his relationship with G-d; the physical vs. the spiritual realm; the role of Providence in the life of every individual; the study of Torah and the effects of the commandments on the individual; the animal aspect of man versus the divine aspect; praying to G-d; and man’s obligation to G-d; man’s responsibilities in this world.

Credit recommendation: 

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