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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 202 Spiritual Behavior I and II

Formerly PHL 202 Spiritual Behavior


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: discuss the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy of G-d and their implementation on a human level; analyze how the Thirteen Attributes may be seen in the lives of sages; describe the purpose of man’s life in the world; and compare and contrast reward and punishment in this world and in the World to Come.


In order to prepare for this examination, students study the basic ideas of Rabbi Moshe Cordevero’s book Tomer Devora. Principle topics  covered include: the upper and lower levels of holiness; the three levels of the soul; the tzelem – one’s physical form; the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy; incorporating the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy into our lives, by: visiting the sick; giving charity to the poor; acting pleasantly towards others; and helping and supporting students of Torah.

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).