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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 301 Prayer I and II

Formerly PHL 301 Prayer


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: demonstrate familiarity with the Artscroll commentary on the Morning Prayers (Shacharis); explore the content and the power of prayer; identify how to make proper requests of G-d in prayer; focus on the meaning and proper pronunciation of words; build a relationship with G-d through prayer; pray with concentration and focus; and pray in a physically appropriate manner vis-à-vis position, posture, and time; define ways to maximize serenity, focus, and spiritual connection while praying.


In order to prepare for this examination, students study the following topics: successful prayer; preparation for prayer; maximizing time while praying; developing the proper attitude toward prayer; specific requests while praying; the essence and purpose of the morning blessings; the connections between various prayers – ie. Boruch She’amar and Yishtabach; and the purpose of each of the Blessings of Shemoneh Esrei; miscellaneous additional blessings.

Credit recommendation: 

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